Johann Sebastian Bach

2. Christ lag in Todes Banden

  • Violino I – or flauto traverso
  • Violino II – or 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

German Text by Unknown

Christ lag in Todes Banden
Für unsre Sünd gegeben,
Er ist wieder erstanden
Und hat uns bracht das Leben.
Des wir sollen fröhlich sein,
Gott loben und ihm dankbar sein
Und singen alleluja,

English Translation

Christ lay in death’s bonds,
Given for our sin;
He is risen again
And has brought us [eternal] life.
Of this we should be joyful,
Praise God and be thankful to him
And sing hallelujah.


  • Full score: Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/9, p. 4
  • Background: Alfred Dürr, Cantatas of J. S. Bach (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 262
  • Libretto: 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: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8
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