BWV 251

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Original source: Wedding Chorale, Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut, BWV 251
Chorale Text: Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut, by Johann Jakob Schütz(?) (1675)
Tune: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, Nürnberg 1523, based on a 15th c. melody (Zahn 4430)
First Performance: 1734 or earlier, Wedding
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 329; Breitkopf 328; AmB 46II p.71
Other Harmonizations: 9.7, 86.6, 117.4=117.9, 155.5


This chorale survives without text. The text that appears here was suggested by editors of the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA).

Measures 13–14 contains consecutive octaves in contrary motion between the soprano and tenor (A–E). For a complete account of consecutive fifths and octaves in the Bach chorales, see "Consecutive Fifths & Octaves in the Bach Chorales" featured on the Articles & Research page.

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