BWV 197a.7

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Original source: Cantata, Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, BWV 197a
Chorale Text: Ich freue mich in dir (verse 4), by Kaspar Ziegler (1697)
Tune: O Gott, du frommer Gott (melody #3), by Ahasverus Fritsch (1679), based on Adam Krieger (1657) (Zahn 5206b)
First Performance: 25 December 1728? (or possibly 1726 or 1727), Christmas Day
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): None* (see note below)
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 45.7, 64.4, 94.8, 128.5, 129.5, 398* (see note below), 1125

Comparative score: Eight settings of O Gott, du frommer Gott (melody #3) aligned and placed in the same key (PDF)


BWV 398 is virtually identical, apart from two slight modifications in the penultimate measure and the octaves transfer of the bass in the penultimate phrase. This setting is featured in two early chorale collections, but since the settings appearance correspond to BWV 398 rather than BWV 197a.7, the collections are listed under BWV 398.

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