Trinitatis VI

Sunday 19 July 2020

Trinitatis VI or 6th Sunday after Trinitatis

Today is Trinitatis VI or the 6th Sunday after Trinitatis. Two cantatas for you today, both from the Leizig period.

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170, is a solo cantata, which means that one singer performs all arias and recitatives. This singer was clearly someone Bach respected, and there are indications that it might have been Carl Gotthelf Gerlach (1704-1761), who had been a Thomaner under Bach's predecessor (Johann Kuhnau, 1660-1722).

Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9, is a later Leipzig cantata, written somewhere between 1732 and 1735, but intended to fill some of the gaps in his chorale cantata cycle of 1724-1725. The reason is simple: on Trinitatis VI in 1724 Bach was in Köthen with his wife Anna Magdalena, most likely for a performance for his former employer, Prins Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen.

Cantatas

  • Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170
    (first performance 28 July 1726, Leipzig period)
  • Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9
    (first performance ? 1732–1735, Leipzig period)

Extra information

The Netherlands Bach Society website (in Dutch) has more information and a performance of BWV 170:
https://bachvereniging.nl/nl/bwv/bwv-170/

Playlist

WBC47-Trinitatis VI or 6th Sunday after Trinitatis

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Image of the day

As a break from practicing and studying, students from the Thomasschule enjoy a game of football.

As a break from practicing and studying, students from the Thomasschule enjoy a game of football.