Marriage to Anna Magdalena Bach
Today's cantata is a wedding cantata. It is not known with certainty when the cantata was created. Some claim as early as 1714, during Bach's tenure in Weimar, because of certain style elements he rarely used later on.
But the classic thesis puts this cantata in Bach's Köthen period. There is a theory that it might have been created in the spring of 1720, because of the libretto which uses spring scenes as an allegory for growing love in marriage.
But for some reason this cantata was always linked to Bach's marriage to his second wife, Anna Magdalena Wilcken, on December 3rd 1721, which is why I programmed it today. It is not a cantata for the church service of the marriage, but rather for the following festivities. The chamber music-like instrumentation support this.
- Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202
(first performance ? 1720)
WBCF1203-Marriage to Anna Magdalena Bach
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On 7 July 1720, while Bach was away in Karlsbad with Prince Leopold, Bach's wife suddenly died. The following year, he met Anna Magdalena Wilcke, a young, highly gifted soprano 16 years his junior, who performed at the court in Köthen; they married on 3 December 1721 in this chapel at the court of Köthen. Together they had 13 more children, 6 of whom survived into adulthood. (source: Wikipedia)