BWV 398

Original source: Chorale, O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 398
Chorale Text: O Gott, du frommer Gott*, by Johann Heermann (1630)
Tune: O Gott, du frommer Gott (melody #3), by Ahasverus Fritsch (1679), based on a secular melody by Adam Krieger (1657) (Zahn 5206b)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 312; Breitkopf 311; Dietel 23; AmB 46II p.79
Other Harmonizations: BWVs 45.7, 64.4, 94.8, 128.5, 129.5, 197a.7* (see note below), 1125

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


This chorale survives without text. The text that appears here is the one provided by editors of the Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe (BGA).
BWV 197a.7 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, and since the settings appearance correspond to this setting rather than BWV 197a.7, the collections are listed here.

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