Advent II

Sunday 8 December 2019

Advent II or Populus Sion

There is no original Bach cantata for this day, the 3rd Sunday before Christmas. Unfortunately, the musical score of the original Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70a, created in Weimar on December 6th 1716, is lost.

Bach expanded on this original cantata, and created BWV 70 on November 21st 1723 in Leipzig for Trinitatis XXVI (the 26th Sunday after Trinitas, the Sunday after Pentecost). In Leipzig the Advent was a quiet period (Tempus Clausum - without music in mass), so he had to re-use the music for another occasion.

Cantatas

  • Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70a
    (first performance 6 December 1716, expanded in 1723 to BWV 70 for Trinity XXVI, Weimar period)

Playlist

WBC02-Advent II or Populus Sion

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Image of the day

View of the Weimar Stadtschloss. Several Bach cantatas were premiered in the church of the schloss.

View of the Weimar Stadtschloss. Several Bach cantatas were premiered in the church of the schloss.