3. Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt

From Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, Versus 2

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

German text

English translation

Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
Nobody could restrain death,
Bei allen Menschenkindern;
Among all the children of humankind;
Das macht’ alles unsre Sünd,
Our sin made all that so;
Kein Unschuld war zu finden.
No innocence was to be found.
Davon kam der Tod so bald
As a result, death came immediately
Und nahm über uns Gewalt,
And seized power over us,
Hielt uns in seinem Reich gefangen.
Held us imprisoned in its realm.
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

  • Soprano solo + Cornetto ad lib.
  • Alto solo + Trombone I ad lib.
  • Continuo: Organo

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