Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-23)   CPDL #42005:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2016-11-23).  Score information: A4, 27 pages, 1.46 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: scan of Günter Raphael's piano-vocal score (c1930), with German, English and French singing versions.

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  • CPDL #03878:     
Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2002-07-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: from: Bach Choral Gesänge, Edition Breitkopf #3765 (1912)

General Information

Title: Ach, wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCantata for Trinity 24

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra; Corno, Flauto traverso, Oboe I-III, Violino solo, strings, Continuo

Published: BGA 5, 1855
Description: In the 1970 Lectionary Mark's account of the daughter of Jairus is assigned to OT 13B

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Chorale (Meter: 86. 888)

German.png German text

Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
ist der Menschen Leben!
Wie ein Nebel bald entstehet
und auch wieder bald vergehet
so ist unser Leben sehet.

Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
sind der Menschen Sachen!
Alles, alles was wir sehen,
das muss fallen und vergehen;
wer Gott fürcht‘t, wird ewig stehen.