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BWV140 Cantata: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

BWV140 Cantata: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, also known as "Sleepers Wake," is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November 1731. It is based on the hymn Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (1599) by Philipp Nicolai.

The cantata is scored for three soloists—soprano, tenor and bass and four part choir, horn, 2 oboes, taille (an instrument similar to the oboe da caccia, today often replaced by an English horn), violino piccolo, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.

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For the choir :

The nature of this recording allows us to supply all the choir parts in a single package for you to choose the tracks suitable for your requirement.

  • a single voice part highlighted on piano over the orchestral accompaniment for each voice separately. (ie. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass).
  • all four parts played together on piano, with the orchestral accompaniment
  • orchestral accompaniment with assistance played on the organ
  • orchestral accompaniment with no assistance, just as the orchestra plays

For soloists :
There are separate recordings for :

  • A single solo part from the duets played on a wind instrument with continuo only
  • Both solo parts from the duets played on a wind instrument with continuo only
  • A single solo part from the duets played on a wind instrument with accompaniment
  • All soloist parts played together with accompanimentAccompaniment just as the orchestra plays
  • All soloist parts played individually on a wind instrument, with the orchestra

The Complete Work :

  • Orchestral version with wind instrument assistance for singers (both choir and soloists)
  • Orchestral version without assistance for singers. (N.B the instruments however in several places replicate the choral parts)

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Wachet auf - Short samples Choir - Soprano - Alto - Tenor - Bass - SATB - with and without assistance.

Wann kömmst du - Soprano Solo from Duet with assistance
Wann kömmst du - Soprano Solo from Duet with assistance continuo only
Wann kömmst du - Bass Solo from Duet with assistance
Wann kömmst du - Bass Solo from Duet with assistance continuo only
Wann kömmst du - Soprano and Bass Duet with assistance
Wann kömmst du - Soprano and Bass Duet with assistance continuo only
Wann kömmst du - Soprano and Bass Duet accompaniment

Movements :

  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Chorus
         Sleepers wake, a voice is calling
  • Er kommt Recitative (tenor)
         He comes
  • Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil? Aria (soprano, bass)
         When will you come, my salvation?
  • Zion hört die Wächter singen Chorale (tenor)
         Zion hears the watchmen singing
  • So geh herein zu mir Recitative (bass)
         So come in with me
  • Mein Freund ist mein! Aria (soprano, bass)
         My friend is mine!
  • Gloria sei dir gesungen Chorale
         May Gloria be sung to you
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