1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

From Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62

Johann Sebastian Bach
b minor
Da Capo Dal Segno
66 measures

German text

English translation

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,
Now come, [Jesus,] savior of the gentiles,
Der Jungfrauen Kind erkannt,
Known as child of the virgin [Mary],
Des sich wundert alle Welt,
Of this all the world marvels:
Gott solch Geburt ihm bestellt.
God ordained him such a birth.

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


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


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