Epiphany I

Bach Cantata Day Information:
Epiphany I

The 1st Sunday after Epiphany (January 6th). Liturgical period : Ordinary time I.

Occurrences: January 7 2024, January 12 2025, January 11 2026, January 10 2027, January 9 2028, January 7 2029, January 13 2030, January 12 2031, January 11 2032, January 9 2033, January 8 2034, January 7 2035, January 13 2036, January 11 2037.

Music for this day

  • Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, BWV 154
    (first performance 9 January 1724, Leipzig period)
  • Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht, BWV 124
    (first performance 7 January 1725, Leipzig period)
  • Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32
    (first performance 13 January 1726, Leipzig period)

Epiphany I is the first Sunday after Epiphany, and Bach has three Leipzig cantatas for you, from the first three complete cantata cycles he wrote in that city.

Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, BWV 154, premiered in Leipzig on January 9th, 1724, so immediately after the very busy Christmas weeks. He reused parts he wrote in Weimar, and to spare the choir boys there are only two chorals, which may have been sung 'a prima vista', so on first sight of the musical score.

Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht, BWV 124, is a choral cantata from Bach's second Leipzig cycle, based on a hymn by Christian Keymann from 1658.

From the third Leipziger cantata cycle there's Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32, based on a libretto which is part of a bundle of cantata libretto's written by Georg Christian Lehms, a librarian from Darmstadt, for the local court composer Christoph Graupner. Bach already disposed of these texts in Weimar, because Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54,written for Trinitatis VII in 1714, is also part of the bundle.

Extra information

The Netherlands Bach Society website has more information and a performance of BWV 32: