Entfernet euch, ihr heitern Sterne, BWV Anh 9

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Entfernet euch, ihr heitern Sterne
BWV Anh 9
Secular cantata by J. S. Bach
Aŭgust Mocny. Аўгуст Моцны (H. Rodakowski, XIX).jpg
The Elector Frederick Augustus I (better known as Augustus II the Strong) for whose name day the cantata was written.
Composed 1727

Entfernet euch, ihr heitern Sterne (Disperse yourselves, ye stars, serenely!), BWV Anh 9, is a birthday cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach.[1] He composed it in Leipzig to celebrate the 57th birthday of the Elector of Saxony, King Augustus II the Strong,[2] and it was performed for him on his birthday, 12 May 1727, on the Marktplatz of Leipzig, by students of the University of Leipzig,[3] with Bach directing.[2] The king was also presented with the work's libretto, written by Christian Friedrich Haupt.[2]

The music to this secular birthday cantata by Bach is lost.[1][2] It has been speculated from the surviving libretto, however, that several movements from the Mass in B minor are derived from it. A reconstruction has been created using the music of the Mass.


The reconstruction by Dr. Klaus Höfner has been recorded.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Cantata BWV Anh 9". Bach Cantatas Website. Herzliya: Aryeh Oron. 2005-10-01. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d Charlton, David (2000). "Music of the Augustan Age: Outside Composers". Classical Net. Windsor, California. 
  3. ^ Schweitzer, Albert (1967). "XXX. The Secular Cantatas". J. S. Bach 2. Ernest Newman. New York: Dover Publications. p. 273. ISBN 978-0-486-21632-4.