Ich habe meine Zuversicht, BWV 188
Ich habe meine Zuversicht (I have placed my confidence), BWV 188, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed the solo cantata in Leipzig for the 21st Sunday after Trinity and probably first performed it on 17 October 1728.
History and text
The prescribed readings for the day were Ephesians 6:10–17, and John 4:46–54 . The text for movements 2 to 5 was written by Picander. The sixth movement is an anonymous chorale written before 1603.
Scoring and structure
The piece has six movements:
- Aria (tenor): Ich habe meine Zuversicht
- Recitative (bass): Gott meint es gut mit jedermann
- Aria (alto): Unerforschlich ist die Weise
- Recitative (soprano): Die Macht der Welt verlieret sich
- Chorale: Auf meinen lieben Gott
The tenor aria has been compared to movements from both the French Suite and the Fifth English Suite. It opens with a string ritornello doubled by oboe; the two parts move into counterpoint after the tenor enters. Formally, the movement has an extended two-part A section before moving to a B section remarkable for its emphasis on instrumental arpeggiation.
The alto aria is "dark and dramatic", in E minor with cello and organ obbligato. The organ line is complex, contributing to a movement that is "a complex and ever-changing kaleidoscope of richly entwined rhythms and melodies".
The soprano recitative is short and accompanied by chordal strings. The final movement is a four-part setting of the chorale tune, doubled by oboe, taille, and strings.
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- Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Helmuth Rilling. Die Bach Kantate. Hänssler, 1983.
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- Cantatas, BWV 181–190: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- BWV 188 – "Ich habe meine Zuversicht": English translation, discussion, Emmanuel Music
- Ich habe meine Zuversicht: history, scoring, Bach website (German)
- BWV 188 Ich habe meine Zuversicht: English translation, University of Vermont