3. Wir waren schon zu tief gesunken

From Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor
Meter
12/16
Structure
none
Length
88 measures

German text

English translation

Wir waren schon zu tief gesunken,
We were already too deeply sunk,
Der Abgrund schluckt uns völlig ein.
the abyss sucked us fully in.
Die Tiefe drohte schon den Tod,
The depths already threatened death,
Und dennoch konnt in solcher Not
and yet, in such distress
Uns keine Hand behilflich sein.
no hand could be of help to us.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on Paul Speratus’s 1523 hymn (Dürr 2005, 438).
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 6:3–6:11; Matthew 5:20–26

Instrumentation

  • Violino I solo
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

The original music is for Violino (solo) but both of the Violino have the content of the part.

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