Siehe, es hat überwunden der Löwe, BWV 219

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Siehe, es hat überwunden der Löwe (Behold, the lion has triumphed), BWV 219, is a church cantata.

History and text[edit]

Formerly accredited to Johann Sebastian Bach, this cantata was written for the Feast of St Michaels and All Angels in Hamburg in 1723 by Georg Philipp Telemann. It was performed in 1723 and again in 1728.[1]

The text is by Erdmann Neumeister.[1]

Scoring and structure[edit]

The work is scored for soprano, alto and bass soloists, four-part choir, two trumpets, two violins, viola and basso continuo.[2]

It has five movements:

  1. Chorus: Siehe, es hat überwunden der Löwe
  2. Aria (bass): Gott stürzt den Hochmut des wütenden Drachen
  3. Recitative (soprano): Mensch, willt du nicht dein Heil verscherzen
  4. Aria (alto): Wenn in meinen letzten Zügen Sünd' und Satan mich
  5. Chorale: Lass deine Kirch' und unser Land


  • Alsfelder Vokalensemble / Steintor Barock Bremen, Wolfgang Helbich. The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas. CPO, 1991.


  1. ^ a b "Cantata BWV 219 Siehe, es hat überwunden der Löwe". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cantates 217–224" (in French). Université du Québec. Retrieved 18 May 2013.