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Cantata BWV 140 - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Movement 1: Chorus (SATB) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (verse 1)

  • CPDL #23935:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Maxim Vladimiroff (submitted 2011-07-20).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 467 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB Chorus with Piano Four-Hands Accompaniment
Editor: Robert McCauley (submitted 2011-05-09).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 182 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Files submitted are editorial corrections to original submission of CPDL #505 to correct clipping at top of pages. Page boundaries were changed. There were no musical changes.
  • CPDL #04946:  Network.png
Editor: Kelvin Smith (submitted 2003-05-02).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 1001 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: First movement of Cantata #140, choral parts only
Editor: Pier Mario Piturro (submitted 1999-11-11).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: PDF contents clipped on some pages See the discussion page for full description.

Movement 2: Recitative (Tenor) Er kommt, er kommt, der Bräut'gam kommt!

Movement 3: Aria Duet (Soprano and Bass) Wann kommst du, mein Heil? / Ich komme, dein Theil

Movement 4: Chorale (Tenors) Zion, hört die Wächter singen (verse 2)

Editor: Pablo Rosario (submitted 2003-05-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed into B flat (down a fourth from original)

Movement 5: Recitative (Bass) So geh' herein zu mir, du mir erwählte Braut!

Movement 6: Aria Duet (Soprano and Bass) Mein Freund is mein! / Und ich bin dein!

Movement 7: Chorale (SATB) Gloria sei dir gesungen

Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only.
  • CPDL #15538:  Network.png PDF files available.
Editor: Christian Hofius (submitted 2007-11-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 105 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed in d major, with all verses of the choral and instrumental sheets. Also available instrumental parts.
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-11-19).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Organ accompaniment.
  • CPDL #00552:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Andrea Angelini (submitted 1999-11-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Italian text: Ecco viene a te la luce
Editor: Pier Mario Piturro (submitted 2000-03-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:


  • CPDL #03324:  Network.png PDF and PostScript files available.
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2002-03-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: score of choral movements, in A4 format, parts available in PDF and Postscript. no continuo realization, in C major. This edition consists of: (a) the 4th movement (trio) with the words of the 1st stanza, and (b) the harmonization of the 7th movement Gloria sei dir gesungen (final movement).

General Information

Title: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB and STB soli
Genre: SacredCantataHymnChorale   Meter: 898. 898. 664. 448

Language: German
Instruments: orchestra: 2 oboes, English horn, (bassoon) strings (violins I (solo violino piccolo in 3rd movement), violins II, violas, basso continuo (violoncello, double bass, harpsichord/organ)

Description: Liturgical use, for the 27th Sunday after Trinity, also often used in Advent.

This cantata/choral setting of the hymn Wachet aur, ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach is especially famous. The first stanza is set in the opening movement in an elaborate choir-orchestra setting. The second stanza appears in the 4th movement as a trio for unison tenors and strings. This part became particularly well known because Bach himself arranged this trio for organ and published it in his six Schübler Chorales. Although many people associate this trio with the text Wachet auf, Bach's original music was written with the second stanza Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears the watchmen singing) in mind. The final (third) stanza is a typical Bach-harmonization for SATB choir and forms the final movement of the cantata.

Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.