1. Ihr werdet weinen und heulen

From Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103

Johann Sebastian Bach
b minor
3/4 → 4/4
155 measures

German text

English translation

Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, aber die Welt wird sich freuen.
You shall weep and wail, but the world will rejoice.
—Ihr aber werdet traurig sein.
Doch eure Traurigkeit soll in Freude verkehret werden.—
—But you will be sorrowful.
(John 16:20)
Yet your sorrow shall be changed into joy,—

About the text


  • Flauto piccolo solo / Flauto traverso solo / Violino solo
  • Oboe d’amore I
  • Oboe d’amore II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo


1731: version with Violino (solo) or Flauto traverso (solo), see Appendix (Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/11.2, p. 59)


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