6. Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele

From Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, Part I

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
f minor → c minor
Meter
3/4 → 4/4
Tempo
Adagio
Structure
none
Length
80 measures

German text

English translation

Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele, und bist so unruhig in mir? Harre auf Gott; denn ich werde ihm noch danken, dass er meines Angesichtes Hilfe und mein Gott ist.
Why do you sadden yourself, my soul, and why are you so restless within me? Wait for God; for I will yet thank him, because he is the help/salvation of my countenance, and my God.
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on the style of poems by Salomo Franck (Dürr 2005, 409).
  • Text references: Psalm 42:11 (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Peter 5:6–5:11; Luke 15:1–15:10

Instrumentation

  • Oboe
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Fagotto
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo

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