Trinitatis II or 2nd Sunday after Trinitatis
18 June 2023 – Today is Trinitatis II or the second Sunday after Trinitatis. Bach created two cantatas for this day in his early years in Leipzig, where he undertook the mission to write a new cantata for each liturgical holy day.
The performance of Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76, is in this recording by John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists preceded by a piece by Heinrich Schütz, maybe a lesser known but very influential predecessor of Bach who he admired greatly, and rightfully so.
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2, the second cantata from the chorale cantata cycle, is based on one of the earliest hymns by Martin Luther, dating from 1524.
Music for today
- Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76
(first performance 6 June 1723, Leipzig period)
- Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2
(first performance 18 June 1724, Leipzig period)
WBC43-Trinitatis II or 2nd Sunday after Trinitatis
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Image of the day
Bach was born in Eisenach, and in the mid-19th century it was determined that this house at Frauenplan 21 was the original birthhouse of the great master. When it was threatened by demolition in 1905, the Neue Bachgesellschaft (New Bach Society), founded in Leipzig in 1900, decided to buy the house and establish a museum there. Research in 1928 showed however that members of the Bach family had indeed resided at this address, but that it was not JS Bach's birthhouse - that house was long gone. The picture shows the opening of the Bachhaus in 1907.