5. Verstumme, Höllenheer

From Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Vivace
Structure
Da capo
Length
69 measures

German text

English translation

Verstumme, Höllenheer,
Be silent, host of hell,
Du machst mich nicht verzagt!
you shall not make me despair!
Ich darf dies Blut dir zeigen,
I need only show you this Blood,
So mußt du plötzlich schweigen,
and you must suddenly be mute,
Es ist in Gott gewagt.
in God it is dared.
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Johann Heermann’s 1630 hymn, the first and last verses of which remain unaltered (Dürr 2005, 578–579)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Ephesians 4:22–4:8; Matthew 9:1–9:8

Instrumentation

  • Tromba da tirarsi
  • Oboe I + Oboe II + Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

Performance with Organo c. 1732/35.

Resources

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