Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207

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Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten (United discord of quivering strings), BWV 207, is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and first performed on 11 December 1726 in Leipzig.[1]

History and text[edit]

Bach composed this cantata to celebrate the appointment of Gottlieb Kortte as professor at Leipzig University. The librettist of the work is unknown, although it may have been Picander.[1]

Scoring and structure[edit]

The cantata features four vocal parts: Glück (soprano), Dankbarkeit (alto), Fleiß (tenor), and Ehre (bass). It is also scored for four-part choir, three trumpets, timpani, two flutes, two oboes d'amore, taille, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.[2]

It has nine movements:

  1. Chorus: Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten
  2. Recitative (tenor): Wen treibt ein edler Trieb zu dem, was Ehre heißt
  3. Aria (tenor): Zieht euren Fuß nur nicht zurücke
  4. Duet recitative (bass and soprano): Dem nur allein
  5. Duet aria (bass and soprano) and ritornello: Den soll mein Lorbeer schützend decken
  6. Recitative (alto): Es ist kein leeres Wort, kein ohne Grund erregtes Hoffen
  7. Aria (alto): Ätzet dieses Angedenken
  8. Recitative (SATB): Ihr Schläfrigen, herbei
  9. Chorus: Kortte lebe, Kortte blühe

Recordings[edit]

  • Berliner Solisten, Kammerorchester Berlin, Peter Schreier, Berlin Classics, 1985
  • Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe. J.S. Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken!. Harmonia Mundi France, 2004.
  • Leipziger Universitätschor / Pauliner Barockensemble, David Timm. J.S. Bach: Festmusiken zu Leipziger Universitätsfeiern. Querstand, 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cantata BWV 207 Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "BWV 207". University of Alberta. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

Sources[edit]

The first source is the score.

Several databases provide additional information on each cantata: