1. Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort

From Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
b minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
50 measures

German text

English translation

Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort,
Settle account! Word of thunder,
Das die Felsen selbst zerspaltet,
that by itself splits the rocks,
Wort, wovon mein Blut erkaltet!
word, which freezes my blood!
Tue Rechnung! Seele, fort!
Settle account! Soul, go forth!
Ach, du mußt Gott wiedergeben
Ah, you must repay to God
Seine Güter, Leib und Leben.
His gifts, body and life.
Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort!
Settle account! Word of thunder!

About the text

  • Author: Salomo Franck
  • Based on the text of Salomo Frank’s 1715 cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer
  • Text references: Luke 16:2 (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 10:6–10:13; Luke 16:1–16:9

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

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