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Bach - Cantata ''Gott ist mein König'' BWV 71 - 1/2

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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2008

A recording of the Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra at St. Mary's Church, Mühlhausen.

1. Chorus [Tutti]:

Gott ist mein König von altersher, der alle Hilfe tut, so auf Erden geschicht.

2. Air [T-S con Corale in Canto]:

Ich bin nun achtzig Jahr, warum soll dein Knecht sich mehr beschweren?
Soll ich auf dieser Welt
Mein Leben höher bringen,
Durch manchen sauren Tritt
Hindurch ins Alter dringen,
Ich will umkehren, dass ich sterbe in meiner Stadt, So gib Geduld, für Sünd
Und Schanden mich bewahr,
Auf dass ich tragen mag
bei meines Vaters und meiner Mutter Grab. Mit Ehren graues Haar.

3. Chorus [Fuga]:

Dein Alter sei wie deine Jugend, und Gott ist mit dir in allem, das du tust.

4. Arioso [B]:

Tag und Nacht ist dein. Du machest, dass beide, Sonn und Gestirn, ihren gewissen Lauf haben. Du setzest einem jeglichen Lande seine Grenze.


In Mühlhausen, Bach worked at the "Divi Blasii" church, but had much better conections to the nearby St. Mary's Church, where the preacher Georg Christian Eilmar was a great admirer of Bach's music. St. Mary's, Thuringia's second biggest church (is a fünfschiffige Hallenkirche), was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries and was made famous through the activities of Thomas Müntzer in 1525.

Bach's working life in the Reichs city of Mühlhausen in 1707-08 - brief though it was - yielded important church music compositions. To mark the Council Election he composed this cantata, which was performed in St. Mary's Church on 4th February 1708.

The Telemann Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1952 by Eitelfriedrich Thom. It devotes itself chiefly to performing works by unknown composers of the 16th to 18th centuries in the middle German region. The orchestra uses historical instruments.

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