Bach Chorales Indexed By Date & Liturgical Occasion

Notes: Since isolated chorales that have come down to us by way of anthologies are virtually impossible to date, the below table includes only those chorales whose sources are known. Therefore, BWVs 253–438 are excluded. (Exception: The BWVs 250–252 wedding chorales are included since we know them to be from 1734 or earlier.) The date format is year.month.day throughout this chart.

The Breitkopf column refers to the collection of chorales edited by C.P.E. Bach for the publisher Breitkopf. This edition served as the basis for the Riemenschneider edition, though numbers do not correspond exactly. The Dietel chorale collection was copied from 1734 to 1735 by Johann Ludwig Dietel (1713–1773) who sang under Bach’s leadership in Leipzig from 1727 to 1735. This collection precedes the Breitkopf collection which was posthumously assembled in the 1760s.

Chorale numbers italicized in the Breitkopf and Riemenschneider columns denote chorales that have been transposed relative to their appearances in the works from which they come (i.e. relative to their appearances in the Schmieder catalogue). Information in the Notes column marked with a w was derived from Christoph Wolff’s Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (2000, Norton).



BWVBreitkopfDietelRiemen–
schneider
Liturgical OccasionFirst
Performance
Notes
4.8 184 X 184 Easter Sunday 1707? or 1708
106.7 X X X Funeral 1707.08.10?
12.7 X X X Jubilate 1714.04.22
172.6 322 X 323 Whit Sunday 1714.05.20
18.5 100=126 X 100=126 Sexagesima 1715.02.24? 1713–1715
31.9 X 78 X Easter Sunday 1715.04.21
165.6 X X X Trinity Sunday 1715.06.16
185.6 X 68 X 4th Sunday after Trinity 1715.07.14
155.5 334 X 335 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 1716.01.19
161.6 270 34 270 16th Sunday after Trinity 1716.09.27
162.6 X X X 20th Sunday after Trinity 1716.10.25
22.5 X X X Quinquagesima 1723.02.07
59.3 X X X Whit Sunday 1723.05.16
75.7=75.14 X X X 1st Sunday after Trinity 1723.05.30 Jahrgang I beginning
76.7=76.14 X X X 2nd Sunday after Trinity 1723.06.06
24.6 336 X 337 4th Sunday after Trinity 1723.06.20
167.5 X X X Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist 1723.06.24
147.6=147.10 X X X Feast of the Visitation of Mary 1723.07.02 New version of a pre–Leipzig workw
136.6 330 X 331 8th Sunday after Trinity 1723.07.1
105.6 X 71 X 9th Sunday after Trinity 1723.07.25
46.6 81 X 82 10th Sunday after Trinity 1723.08.01
179.6 338 75 339 11th Sunday after Trinity 1723.08.08
69a.6 292 76 293 12th Sunday after Trinity 1723.08.15
77.6 253 10 253 13th Sunday after Trinity 1723.08.22
25.6 254=282 11 254=282 14th Sunday after Trinity 1723.08.29
119.9 X X X Town Council Inauguration 1723.08.30
95.7 X 89 X 16th Sunday after Trinity 1723.09.12
148.6 25 X 25 17th Sunday after Trinity 1723.09.19?
48.3 279 37 279 19th Sunday after Trinity 1723.10.03
48.7 266 40 266 19th Sunday after Trinity 1723.10.03
89.6 281 X 281 22nd Sunday after Trinity 1723.10.24
194.6 63=256 18 64=256 Dedication of Church & Organ 1723.11.02
194.12 93=257 19 93=257 Dedication of Church & Organ 1723.11.02
60.5 216 46 216 24th Sunday after Trinity 1723.11.07
90.5 267 41 267 25th Sunday after Trinity 1723.11.14
70.7 X X X 26th Sunday after Trinity 1723.11.21
70.11 347 X 348 26th Sunday after Trinity 1723.11.21
40.3 320 X 321 2nd Day of Christmas 1723.12.26
40.6 142 X 142 2nd Day of Christmas 1723.12.26
40.8 8 X 8 2nd Day of Christmas 1723.12.26
64.2 160 13 160 3rd Day of Christmas 1723.12.27
64.4 255 14 255 3rd Day of Christmas 1723.12.27
64.8 138 12 138 3rd Day of Christmas 1723.12.27
190.7 326 X 327 New Year’s Day 1724.01.01
153.1 3 X 3 Sunday after New Year 1724.01.02
153.5 21 X 21 Sunday after New Year 1724.01.02
153.9 217 X 217 Sunday after New Year 1724.01.02
65.2 12 X 12 Feast of Epiphany 1724.01.06
65.7 41 X 41 Feast of Epiphany 1724.01.06
154.3 233 X 233 1st Sunday after Epiphany 1724.01.09
154.8 152 129 152 1st Sunday after Epiphany 1724.01.09
73.5 191 X 191 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 1724.01.23
81.7 323 X 324 4th Sunday after Epiphany 1724.01.30
83.5 324 X 325 Purification of Mary 1724.02.02
144.3 64 43 65 Septuagesima 1724.02.06
144.6 265 44 265 Septuagesima 1724.02.06
245.3 58 136 59 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.5 X X X Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.11 62 138 63 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.14 82 X 83 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.15 80 X 81 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.17 111 140 111 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.22 309 X 310 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.26 108 142 108 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.28 106 X 106 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.37 113 X 113 Good Friday 1724.04.07
245.40 107 X 107 Good Friday 1724.04.07
66.6 X 79 X Easter Monday 1724.04.10
67.4 X X X Quasimodogeniti 1724.04.16
67.7 42 4 42 Quasimodogeniti 1724.04.16
104.6 125=325 X 125=326 Misericordias Domini 1724.04.23
166.6 204 X 204 Cantate 1724.05.07
86.6 4 X 4 Rogate 1724.05.18
37.6 340 X 341 Ascension Day 1724.05.18
44.7 354 108 355 Exaudi 1724.05.21
184.5 14 15 14 Whit Tuesday 1724.05.30
158.4 X 24 X Feast of Purification of Mary 1724–1735? 1724–1735w
20.7=20.11 26 X 26 1st Sunday after Trinity 1724.06.11 Jahrgang II beginning
2.6 262 26 262 2nd Sunday after Trinity 1724.06.18
7.7 X X X Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist 1724.06.24
135.6 X X X 3rd Sunday after Trinity 1724.06.25
10.7 357 118 358 Feast of the Visitation of Mary 1724.07.02
93.7 X X X 5th Sunday after Trinity 1724.07.09
178.7 X X X 8th Sunday after Trinity 1724.07.30
94.8 290 72 291 9th Sunday after Trinity 1724.08.06
101.7 291 73 292 10th Sunday after Trinity 1724.08.13
113.1 X X X 11th Sunday after Trinity 1724.08.20
113.8 293 74 294 11th Sunday after Trinity 1724.08.20
33.6 13 80 13 13th Sunday after Trinity 1724.09.03
78.7 296 84 297 14th Sunday after Trinity 1724.09.10
99.6 X X X 15th Sunday after Trinity 1724.09.17
8.6 43 88 43 16th Sunday after Trinity 1724.09.24
130.6 X 85 X Feast of St. Michael and Angels 1724.09.29
114.7 300 91 301 17th Sunday after Trinity 1724.10.01
96.6 302 92 303 18th Sunday after Trinity 1724.10.08
5.7 303 93 304 19th Sunday after Trinity 1724.10.15
180.7 22 25 22 20th Sunday after Trinity 1724.10.22
38.6 10 94 10 21st Sunday after Trinity 1724.10.29
115.6 38 27 38 22nd Sunday after Trinity 1724.11.05
139.6 X X X 23rd Sunday after Trinity 1724.11.12
26.6 48 X 48 24th Sunday after Trinity 1724.11.19
116.6 X X X 25th Sunday after Trinity 1724.11.26
62.6 170 96 170 1st Sunday of Advent 1724.12.03
91.6 53 130 51 Christmas Day 1724.12.25
121.6 55 X 56 2nd Day of Christmas 1724.12.26
133.6 61 56 60 3rd Day of Christmas 1724.12.27
122.6 52=178 55 53=178 1st Sunday after Christmas 1724.12.31
41.6 11 131 11 New Year’s Day 1725.01.01
123.6 194 X 194 Feast of Epiphany 1725.01.06
124.6 X X X 1st Sunday after Epiphany 1725.01.07
3.6 156=307 28 156=308 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 1725.01.14
111.6 X X X 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 1725.01.21
92.9 X X X Septuagesima 1725.01.28
125.6 X X X Feast of Purification of Mary 1725.02.02
126.6 215 X 215 Sexagesima 1725.02.04
127.5 283 60 284 Quinquagesima 1725.02.11
1.6 X X X Feast of Annunciation of Mary 1725.03.25
6.6 72 X 72 Easter Monday 1725.04.02
42.7 259=91 20 259=91 Quasimodogeniti 1725.04.08
85.6 122 106 122 Misericordias Domini 1725.04.15
103.6 120=348 102 120=349 Jubilate 1725.04.22
108.6 46 98 45 Cantate 1725.04.29
87.7 96 105 96 Rogate 1725.05.06
128.5 X X X Ascension 1725.05.10
183.5 123 X 123 Exaudi 1725.05.13
74.8 369 112 370 Whit Sunday 1725.05.20
175.7 X 110 X Whit Tuesday 1725.05.22
176.6 119 X 119 Trinity Sunday 1725.05.27
168.6 92 X 92 9th Sunday after Trinity 1725.07.29 Jahrgang III beginning
137.5 X 77 X 12th Sunday after Trinity 1725.08.19
164.6 101 82 101 13th Sunday after Trinity 1725.08.26
79.3 X X X Feast of Reformation 1725.10.31
79.6 X X X Feast of Reformation 1725.10.31
110.7 57 X 55 Christmas Day 1725.12.25
57.8 90 X 90 2nd Day of Christmas 1725.12.26
151.5 54 X 54 3rd Day of Christmas 1725.12.27
28.6 23=88 8 23=88 1st Sunday after Christmas 1725.12.30
16.6 99 X 99 New Year’s Day 1726.01.01
32.6 29 X 29 1st Sunday after Epiphany 1726.01.13
13.6 103 X 103 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 1726.01.20
72.6 X X X 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 1726.01.27
146.8 X X X Jubilate 1726.05.12
43.11 102 107 102 Ascension 1726.05.30
39.7 67 116 67 1st Sunday after Trinity 1726.06.23
88.7 104 X 104 5th Sunday after Trinity 1726.07.21
187.7 109 X 109 7th Sunday after Trinity 1726.08.04
45.7 84 X 85 8th Sunday after Trinity 1726.08.11
102.7 110 X 110 10th Sunday after Trinity 1726.08.25
17.7 6 X 7 14th Sunday after Trinity 1726.09.22
19.7 297 87 298 Feast of St. Michael and Angels 1726.09.29
27.6 150 X 150 16th Sunday after Trinity 1726.10.06
47.5 94 X 94 17th Sunday after Trinity 1726.10.13
169.7 97 36 97 18th Sunday after Trinity 1726.10.20
56.5 86 X 87 19th Sunday after Trinity 1726.10.27
55.5 95 X 95 22nd Sunday after Trinity 1726.11.17
52.6 X X X 23rd Sunday after Trinity 1726.11.24
157.5 X X X Funeral 1727.02.06
84.5 112 30 112 Septuagesima 1727.02.09
244.3 78 X 78 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.10 117 X 117 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.15 98 X 98 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.17 X X X Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.25 115 X 115 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.32 118 X 118 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.37 50 X 50 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.40 121 139 121 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.44 87 X 80 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.46 105 X 105 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.54 74 X 74 Good Friday 1727.04.11
244.62 89 X 89 Good Friday 1727.04.11
129.5 X 114 X Trinity Sunday 1727.06.08 1727.06.16w
117.4=117.9 248=353 1=100 248=354 Unknown 1728–1731 1728–1731w
149.7 X X X Feast of St. Michael and Angels 1728.09.29? or 1729w
188.6 X X X 21st Sunday after Trinity 1728.10.17? or 1729.11.06w
197a.7 X X X Christmas Day 1728.12.25? or 1726
120a.8 X X X Wedding 1729? "Probably 1729"w
171.6 X X X New Year’s Day 1729.01.01? or 1730
156.6 316 X 317 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 1729.01.23?
159.5 59 52 61 Quinquagesima 1729.02.27?
145a 337 X 338 Easter Tuesday 1729.04.29? ?? (Placed with BWV 145)
145.5 17 X 17 Easter Tuesday 1729.04.29?
174.5 56 111 58 Whit Monday 1729.06.06
226.2 69 16 69 Funeral 1729.10.24
112.5 312=352 101 313=353 Misericordias Domini 1731.04.08
29.8 116 X 116 Town Council Inauguration 1731.08.27
140.7 179 17 179 27th Sunday after Trinity 1731.11.25
36.4 85=195=304 33 86=195=305 1st Sunday in Advent 1731.12.02
36.8 28 X 28 1st Sunday in Advent 1731.12.02
229.2 X X X Unknown "Not after 1731/32"
9.7 289 70 290 6th Sunday after Trinity 1732–1735 1732-1735w
177.5 71 67 71 4th Sunday after Trinity 1732.07.06
100.6 X 103 X 15th Sunday after Trinity 1733 1732–1734w
97.9 X X X Unknown 1734?
250 346 X 347 Wedding Unknown 1734 or earlier
251 328 X 329 Wedding Unknown 1734 or earlier
252 329 X 330 Wedding Unknown 1734 or earlier
248(1).5 344 X 345 Christmas Day 1734.12.25
248(1).9 45 X 46 Christmas Day 1734.12.25
248(2).12(3) 9=360 119=134 9=361 2nd Day of Christmas 1734.12.26
248(2).17(8) X 120 X 2nd Day of Christmas 1734.12.26
248(2).23(14) 343 X 344 2nd Day of Christmas 1734.12.26
248(3).28(5) X 123 X 3rd Day of Christmas 1734.12.27
248(3).33(10) 139 125 139 3rd Day of Christmas 1734.12.2
248(3).35(12) 359 124 360 3rd Day of Christmas 1734.12.27
248(4).42(7) 367 146 368 New Year’s Day 1735.01.01
248(5).46(4) 77 126 77 Sunday after New Year 1735.01.02
248(5).53(11) 34 147 35 Sunday after New Year 1735.01.02
248(6).59(6) 361 121 362 Feast of Epiphany 1735.01.06
248(6).64(11) X 122 X Feast of Epiphany 1735.01.06
14.5 182 128 182 4th Sunday after Epiphany 1735.01.30
11.6 342 X 343 Ascension 1735.05.19
80.8 273 35 273 Oculi 1735–1740 BWV 80a: 1715.03.15
BWV 80b: 1728–1731
227.1=227.11 263 31 263 Unknown Most likely 1735 or earlier since they appear in the Dietel collection
227.3 X 32 X Unknown Most likely 1735 or earlier since they appear in the Dietel collection
227.7 283 21 283 Unknown Most likely 1735 or earlier since they appear in the Dietel collection
197.5 83 X 84 Wedding 1736–1737 1736-1737w
197.10 66 X 62 Wedding 1736–1737 1736-1737w
30.6 76 X 76 Feast of Nativity of John the Baptist 1738 c. 1738
120.6 X X X Town Council Inauguration 1742 1742w
195.6 X X X Wedding 1742
69.6 332 X 333 Town Council Inauguration 1748.08.26


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