1. Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit

From Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
G major
Meter
6/4
Structure
none
Length
75 measures

German text

English translation

Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit,
Make yourself ready, my spirit,
Wache, fleh und bete,
be vigilant, plead, and pray,
Daß dich nicht die böse Zeit
that the evil time does not
Unverhofft betrete;
come upon you unexpectedly;
Denn es ist
for it is
Satans List
Satan’s guile
Über viele Frommen
to overcome many righteous people
Zur Versuchung kommen.
with temptation.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on the ten-verse 1695 hymn by Johann Burchard Freystein (Dürr 2005, 614)
  • Text references: first verse of the 1695 hymn by Johann Burchard Freystein (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Philippians 1:3–1:11; Matthew 18:23–18:35

Instrumentation

  • Corno chorale
  • Flauto traverso
  • Oboe d’amore
  • Violino I + Violino II + Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo

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