Trinitatis II

Sunday 21 June 2020

Trinitatis II or 2nd Sunday after Trinitatis

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 (he even walked all the way to Bremen to meet him).

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.

Cantatas

  • 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)