2. Christ lag in Todes Banden

From Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, Versus 1

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
94 measures

German text

English translation

Christ lag in Todes Banden
Christ lay in death’s bonds,
Für unsre Sünd gegeben,
Given for our sin;
Er ist wieder erstanden
He is risen again
Und hat uns bracht das Leben.
And has brought us [eternal] life.
Des wir sollen fröhlich sein,
Of this we should be joyful,
Gott loben und ihm dankbar sein
Praise God and be thankful to him
Und singen alleluja,
And sing hallelujah.
Alleluja!
Hallelujah.
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • From Martin Luther’s Easter hymn of 1524, adapted from the Latin sequence Victimae paschali laudes, and modelled on the hymn Christ ist erstanden (Dürr 2005, 263–264)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8

Instrumentation

  • Violino I (playable on flauto traverso)
  • Violino II (playable on flauto traverso)
  • Viola I
  • Viola II
  • Soprano chorale, solo + Cornetto chorale ad lib.
  • Alto + Trombone I ad lib.
  • Tenore + Trombone II ad lib.
  • Basso + Trombone III ad lib.
  • Continuo: Organo

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