1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

From Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
b minor
Meter
6/4
Structure
Da Capo Dal Segno
Length
66 measures

Instrumentation

  • Corno chorale
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo + Violone

German text

English translation

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,
Now come, Savior of the heathens,
Der Jungfrauen Kind erkannt,
known as the Virgin’s child,
Des sich wundert alle Welt,
over whom the whole world marvels,
Gott solch Geburt ihm bestellt.
that God had ordained such a birth for Him.
(“Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” verse 1)
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • “Based exclusively on Martin Luther’s hymn of 1524 and hence on its model, the Latin hymn Veni redemptor gentium” (Dürr 2005, 78).
  • Text references: first verse of Martin Luther’s hymn of 1524 (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 13:11–13:14; Matthew 21:1–21:9

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