BWV 272

Original source: Chorale, Befiehl du deine Wege, BWV 272
Chorale Text: Befiehl du deine Wege*, by Paul Gerhardt (1653)
Tune: Befiehl du deine Wege (melody #2), by Bartholomäus Gesius (1603) (Zahn 5393)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 340; Breitkopf 339; AmB 46II p.109; Fasch p.132
Other Harmonizations: BWV 1126


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

Like BWV 145a, this setting is attributed to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the Fasch manuscript, a source which was lost in 1943 and recovered in 2001. For further comment, see Hans–Joachim Schulze’s 2003 article summarizing the Fasch manuscript (Jahrbuch des Staatlichen Instituts fur Musikforschung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Vol. 2003 (2003), pages 9–31, particularly page 11). Curiously, BWV 145a and BWV 272 are adjacent to each other in the AmB 46II manuscript (pages 108–109).

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2017.