Bach - Motet ''Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf'' BWV 226





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Published on Jul 31, 2008

Boys of the St. Thomas Choir conducted by Prof. Georg Christoph Biller sing in Leipzig's St. Thomas Church.

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, denn wir wissen nicht, was wir beten sollen, wie sich's gebühret;
sondern der Geist selbst vertritt uns aufs beste mit unaussprechlichem Seufzen.
Der aber die Herzen forschet, der weiß, was des Geistes Sinn sei; denn er vertritt die Heiligen nach dem, das Gott gefället.

Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost
Nun hilf uns, fröhlich und getrost
In deinem Dienst beständig bleiben,
Die Trübsal uns nicht abtreiben.
O Herr, durch dein Kraft uns bereit
Und stärk des Fleisches Blödigkeit,
Dass wir hie ritterlich ringen,
Durch Tod und Leben zu dir dringen.
Halleluja, halleluja.

Bach's main place of work in Leipzig was the late gothic Church of St. Thomas, a reconstructed Franciscan church. It is the home of St. Thomas Choir, which Bach led while also carrying out his other duties at St. Thomas. Since 1950, Bach's mortal remains have rested in this church so intrinsically linked with his name.

The composition of this motette also dates back to an actual event. Bach wrote this three-part vocal composition - with textual sources in the Bible (Romans 8, 26-28) and in the writings of Martin Luther - for the burial of the rector of St. Thomas's School, Johann Heinrich Ernesti, on 20th October 1729.

The Leipzig St. Thomas's Choir is one of the world's leading boys' choirs, dedicated to the great Johann Sebastian Bach tradition. Under the St. Thomas's conductor Prof. Georg Christoph Biller, the choir's performance has strenghtened steadily, as demonstrated in internationally acclaimed concerts and CD productions.


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