BWV 4.8


Original source: Cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4
Chorale Text: Christ lag in Todesbanden (verse 7), by Martin Luther (1524)
Tune: Christ lag in Todesbanden, by Martin Luther (1524), based on sequence Victimae Paschali laudes (Zahn 7012a)
First Performance: 1707 or 1708?, Easter Sunday
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 184 (down a M2); Breitkopf 184 (down a M2); Birnstiel 189; AmB 46II p. 96 (down a M2); Penzel 138
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 158.4, 277, 278, 279,

Comparative score: Five settings of Christ lag in Todesbanden aligned and placed in the same key (PDF)

Instrumentation: Colla parteS: violin 1 & 2, cornet. A: viola 1, trombone 1. T: viola 2, trombone 2. B: trombone 3, continuo.

Original manuscripts
Score: None
Parts: D–LEb Thomana 4



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