Celebration Johann Christian von Hennicke
28 September 2023 – Today's cantata is a secular cantata Bach wrote as an hommage to Johann Christian von Hennicke, a nobleman who had just acquired a castle in Wiederau, a small village in Saxony. The cantata, to a libretto by Picander, was first performed on this day in 1737 at Schloss Wiederau.
Bach reused some of its music in later works, including Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV 30, a church cantata for the feast of St John Baptist (June 24), which was nearly entirely modelled after the secular composition.
Music for today
- Angenehmes Wiederau, BWV 30a
(first performance 28 September 1737, Leipzig period)
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Image of the day
Schloss Wiederau, where Angenehmes Wiederau, BWV 30a, was first performed on September 28th 1737.