Advent III

Sunday 17 December 2023

Advent III or Gaudete

17 December 2023 – Today is Advent III or Gaudete, the second Sunday before Christmas. Again there is officially no cantata for today because of Tempus Clausum observed in Leipzig (no music in mass), so the only possible cantatas come from Bach's Weimar period, where Tempus Clausum was not observed during Advent.

The cantata we know of, BWV 186a - Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, was first performed in Weimar, December 13th 1716. But just like with the cantata for Advent II, that score did not survive. So we stick to BWV 186, an expansion on the original that Bach created in Leipzig for Trinitatis VII (in the middle of summer!).

Music for today

  • Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a
    (first performance 13 December 1716, expanded in 1723 to BWV 186 for Trinity VII, Weimar period)