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BWV226 Motet 2: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

BWV226 Motet 2: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness), BWV 226, was composed in Leipzig in 1729 for the funeral of Johann Heinrich Ernesti.

The motet is scored for two SATB choirs. They double each other in movements 2 and 3. The orchestral parts are extant, indicating that choir I was doubled by strings, choir II by reeds (two oboes, taille and bassoon). For the basso continuo, separate violone and organ parts are provided.

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Choir parts are normally sung unaccompanied

  • Each vocal part highlighted individually on piano with the remaining parts played on orchestral instruments.
  • All choir parts played together on piano
  • Al parts played together on orchestral instruments

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Der Geist hilft (Motet 2) - Movement 2 - Samples from Sop, Alto, Tenor and Bass


  • Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf
  • Der aber die Herzen forschet
  • Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost
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