BWV 399

Original source: Chorale, O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 399
Chorale Text: O Gott, du frommer Gott*, by Johann Heermann (1630)
Tune: O Gott, du frommer Gott (melody #2), Regensburg 1675, Meiningen 1693 (Zahn 5148)
First Performance: Unknown
Appearance in Early Collections (Key): Riemenschneider 315; Breitkopf 314; AmB 46II p.78
Other Harmonizations: BWV 24.6


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

Speculation regarding liturgical occasion: According to Häfner, this chorale may have come from one of three possibly Picander–Jahrgang cantatas:
1) Mein Jesu, was meine, ist alles das Deine for Trinity +9 (Picander 52) with the 5th verse of O Gott, du frommer Gott.
2) Ich bin wie einer, der nicht höret for Trinity +12 (Picander 55) with the 8th verse of the same text.
3) Schöpfer aller Dinge for Trinity +14 (Picander 57) with the 9th verse of the same text.
(See NBA III/2.2 KB, p.301.)

View a complete listing of speculations regarding the liturgical occasions of individual BWV 253–438 chorales.

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