Advent II or Populus Sion
There is no original Bach cantata for this day, the 3rd Sunday before Christmas. Unfortunately, the musical score of the original Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70a, created in Weimar on December 6th 1716, is lost.
Bach expanded on this original cantata, and created BWV 70 on November 21st 1723 in Leipzig for Trinitatis XXVI (the 26th Sunday after Trinitas, the Sunday after Pentecost). In Leipzig the Advent was a quiet period (Tempus Clausum - without music in mass), so he had to re-use the music for another occasion.
Since Trinitatis XXVI does not occur very often (you need to have a year with a very early Easter and even then the start of Advent needs to fall just right) I'm glad that I can propose this beautiful cantata as a substitute for the original BWV 70a from Weimar.
- Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70a
(first performance 6 December 1716, expanded in 1723 to BWV 170 for Trinity XXVI, Weimar period)
WBC02-Advent II or Populus Sion
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Image of the day
View of the Weimar Stadtschloss. Several Bach cantatas were premiered in the church of the schloss.