Cantata BWV 131Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir

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This is one of Bach’s earliest cantatas. It dates from his Mühlhausen period, around 1707 or 1708. It was written for an unknown occasion: possibly a penitential service after a local fire. The autograph manuscript ends with the inscription, “At the request of Dr. Georg Christian Eilmar set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Organist at Mülhausen”, which is curious, because Eilmar was the pastor at the church Bach was not the organist of (though he did have associations with it, because civic ceremonies were held there and his BWV 75 cantata would have been performed at Eilmar’s church).


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