Trinitatis XXV or 25th Sunday after Trinitatis
21 November 2021 – Today is Trinitatis XXV or the 25th Sunday after Trinitas. Two Leipzig cantatas for you, from Bach's first two cantata cycles there (1723 and 1724).
Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90, from 1723, is one of the most dramatic cantatas written by Bach, which has to do with the subject of the prescribed readings of the day: the Great Tribulation, which will ultimately lead to the Last Judgment.
From the chorale cantata cycle comes Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 116, based on a hymn by Jakob Ebert (1549-1614).
There is no cantata for Trinitatis XXV in his third cycle of 1725, simply because Easter fell late that year on April 16th, which means that there was no Trinitatis XXV in 1725 - Advent started after Trinitatis XXIV. In fact, the same thing occured last year (2019). So I cannot present these cantatas to you every year... More the reason to enjoy them!
This year Trinitatis XXV closes this liturgical year; next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas and the start of a new liturgical year. See you on the other side!
- Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90
(first performance 14 November 1723, Leipzig period)
- Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 116
(first performance 26 November 1724, Leipzig period)
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Image of the day
The Last Judgment, subject of the prescribed readings of Trinitatis XXV, as depicted so magnificently around 1445-1450 by Rogier Van der Weyden (1399 or 1400-1464). Commissioned by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, for the Hospices de Beaune (which he founded), and where it still hangs today.