Erwählte Pleißenstadt, BWV 216a

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Erwählte Pleißenstadt ("O chosen Leipzig", literally: "Chosen city on the [river] Pleiße"), BWV 216a, is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.

It was a homage cantata for the Leipzig Town Council and was first performed in 1728 or later. The music is lost, but there is scope for its partial reconstruction.[1][2] The work is known to have been a parody of Vergnügte Pleißenstadt BWV 216 (a wedding cantata with text by Picander), which survives in fragmentary form.


  1. ^ "BWV 216a Erwählte Pleißenstadt (Apollo et Mercurius)". University of Vermont. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cantata BWV 216a". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 18 May 2013.