Celebration Johann Christian von Hennicke

Monday 28 September 2020

Celebration Johann Christian von Hennicke

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.

Cantatas

  • Angenehmes Wiederau, BWV 30a
    (first performance 28 September 1737, Leipzig period)

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Schloss Wiederau, where Angenehmes Wiederau, BWV 30a, was first performed on September 28th 1737.

Schloss Wiederau, where Angenehmes Wiederau, BWV 30a, was first performed on September 28th 1737.