BWV 288

Original source: Chorale, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 288
Chorale Text: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist*, Verses 1–2: Erfurt 1568; Verses 3–6: Johann Steurlein (1588)
Tune: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, by Johann Steurlein (1588) (Zahn 381c)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections* (Key): Riemenschneider 162; Breitkopf 162; Birnstiel 166; Dietel 5; AmB 46II p.135; Penzel 129
Other Harmonizations: BWV 289


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

This setting also appears on pages 64–65 in Volume II, Part 1 of Johann Kirnberger’s Die Kunst des reinen Satz, published in 1776. This source, labeled "H2" in the NBA III/2.1 and III/2.2 volumes, can be downloaded here.

Speculation regarding liturgical occasion: Since this setting appears in the Dietel Collection, and given the specific association of the "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist" chorale tune, this setting may have originated from a New Year’s Day cantata now lost. –LD

bach– by Luke Dahn. Copyright 2017.