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What is it troubles thee, my heart (Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz)

Cantata for the 15th Sunday after Trinity

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 oboe d'amore, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Cantata for the 15th Sunday after Trinity. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Uwe Wolf. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. Violin 1. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Trinity. Single Part, Violin 1. Composed 1723. BWV 138. 8 pages. Duration 20 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 31.138/11. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3113811).

Item Number: CA.3113811

ISBN 9790007208172. Language: German/English.

Although "Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz" (What is it troubles thee, my heart) BWV 138 is based on the chorale of the same name, it is nevertheless not regarded as one of Bach's chorale cantatas. In this unusual composition from Bach's first cycle of cantatas, further chorale verses were not paraphrased in the freely-composed sections (as in the chorale cantatas). Instead the chorale occurs in dialog with the recitatives. It assumes the role of the comforter, whilst doubts are expressed through the recitatives. This leads to recitative and chorale being merged into larger movements. In the only aria in the cantata, trust in God finally prevails. The cantata ends with a final chorale verse; in the interludes between the lines, Bach ignites a roaring virtuoso firework display. Score and part available separately - see item CA.3113800.

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