BWV 43.11

Original source: Cantata, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43
Chorale Text: Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesu Christ (verses 1 & 13), by Johann Rist (1641)
Tune: Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist, by Johann Schop (1641) (Zahn 5741)
First Performance: 30 May 1726, Ascension
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 102; Breitkopf 102; Dietel 107; Fasch p.129
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 11.6, 248.12


This setting is identical to the hymn’s appearance in the 1682 Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (p.70), edited by Gottfried Vopelius. The NLGB was an important and widely used hymnal of Bach’s day and is noteworthy for its inclusion of notated music in addition to the hymn texts. (Most hymnals of the time included only texts.)

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2017.