Trinitatis XV

Sunday 29 September 2019

Trinitatis XV or 15th Sunday after Trinitatis

Today is Trinitatis XV or the 15th Sunday after Trinitatis. Three Leipzig cantatas for you. The first two are written in the first two annual cantata cycli Bach wrote when he started in Leipzig as of 1723. The last one, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, is from much later, written in 1730, a time when Bach did not compose many cantatas. It is also believed that the cantata was written for another special occasion, but the first formal performance known was in Leipzig on Trinitatis XV, 1730. It is also Bach's only cantata written for solo soprano and trumpet. Considering a female soprano was highly unlikely in conservative Leipzig, the soprano was probably a young boy (possibly the later composer Christoph Nichelmann, 13 at the time).

Cantatas

  • Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, BWV 138
    (first performance 5 September 1723)
  • Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99
    (first performance 17 September 1724)
  • Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
    (first performance 17 September 1730)

Extra information

The Netherlands Bach Society website (in Dutch) has more information and performances of BWV 51 and BWV 99:
https://bachvereniging.nl/nl/bwv/bwv-51/
https://bachvereniging.nl/nl/bwv/bwv-99/

Playlist

WBC56-Trinitatis XV or 15th Sunday after Trinitatis

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Image of the day

Maria Keohane, soprano, in a performance of Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, with the Netherlands Bach Society in the Grote Kerk in Naarden.

Maria Keohane, soprano, in a performance of Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, with the Netherlands Bach Society in the Grote Kerk in Naarden.