Cantata BWV 150Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich

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Analysis

This is potentially one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, dating perhaps to his time in Arnstadt (1703-7, when he was just 18-22 years old). We only know of the cantata from secondary sources: no manuscript survives. The style is quite crude (for Bach!) and requires very minimal orchestral resources (two violins, continuo and bassoon), with few solo arias -reflecting, probably, the lesser quality of the instrumental and vocal resources available to him at the time. It’s authenticity has been doubted at times, though Dürr is adamant that such doubts are unfounded.

 

 


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