5. Bäche von gesalznen Zähren

From Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, Part I

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
f minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Largo
Structure
Da capo
Length
39 measures

German text

English translation

Bäche von gesalznen Zähren,
Streams of salted tears,
Fluten rauschen stets einher.
Floods, rush forth constantly.
Sturm und Wellen mich versehren,
Storm and waves harm me,
Und dies trübsalsvolle Meer
And this tribulation-filled sea
Will mir Geist und Leben schwächen,
Will weaken me of spirit and life;
Mast und Anker wollen brechen,
Mast and anchor will break;
Hier versink ich in den Grund,
Here I sink to the seabed;
Dort seh in der Höllenschlund,
There [I] see, in the jaws of hell,
Bäche von gesalznen Zähren.
Streams of salted tears.
 

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Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Tenore
  • Fagotto
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo

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