BWV 245.5

First Version (identical to BWV 416): Setting from 1724 premiere performance
First Performance: 7 April 1724, Good Friday

Second Version: Setting from a later repeat performance
First Performance: ca. 1740 (Wolff)

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Original source: Passion, St. John Passion, BWV 245
Chorale Text: Vater unser im Himmelreich (verse 4), by Martin Luther (1539)
Tune: Vater unser im Himmelreich, Leipzig 1539 (Zahn 3561)
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 47 (First Version); Breitkopf 47 (First Version); Birnstiel 50 (First Version); Dietel 137 (First Version); AmB 46II p.176 (First Version); Levy–Mendelssohn 43; Fasch p.82 (First version)
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 90.5, 101.7, 102.7, 416

Original manuscripts
Score: 1) D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 28 (earliest score available, 1739/1749)
2) D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 29 (bach–digital page) (2nd half of 18th c.)
Parts: 1) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 111, Faszikel 1 (1st Version, 1724)
2) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 111, Faszikel 2 (2nd Version, 1725)
3) D–B Mus. ms. Bach St 111, Faszikel 3 (3rd version, 1728–1732; viola da gamba mvmt 30 and organ mvmt 19 only)
4) D– Mus. ms. Bach St 111, Faszikel 4 (4th Version, 1749; vn 1, va, harps. only)


The first version of this chorale was given a separate BWV number, 416.

Christoph Wolff points to the revisions of this chorale and the one that precedes it (BWV 245.3) in order to demonstrate a general evolution in Bach’s chorale style, with the revised settings demonstrating a "clearly emerging tendency toward a consistently polyphonic design of texture [that] cannot be overlooked." (Bach: Essays on His Life and Music, Harvard University Press (1994), p.387) Wolff dates the revisions of these two settings at "about 1740." The D–B Mus. ms. Bach P 28 score manuscript, which bach–digital dates at 1739/1749, contains the revised versions of these settings.

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