Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten, BWV 207a

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Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten (Arise, blaring tones of high-spirited trumpets), BWV 207a,[a] is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and likely premiered in 1735. It utilizes the music from the third movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major.


This cantata was composed for the name day of the Elector of Saxony, King Augustus III of Poland which was celebrated on 3 August.[1] The work was likely premiered in Leipzig in 1735.[2] It is heavily based on an earlier secular cantata Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten BWV 207, which was first performed in 1726.

Scoring and structure[edit]

The cantata is scored for soprano, alto, and bass soloists, four-part choir, three trumpets, timpani, two flauto traverso, two oboes d'amore, tenor oboe (taille), bassoon, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.[3]

The movements are as follows:

  1. Chorus: Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten
  2. Recitative (tenor): Die stille Pleiße spielt
  3. Aria (tenor): Augustus' Namenstages Schimmer
  4. Duet recitative (soprano and bass): Augustus' Wohl
  5. Duet aria (soprano and bass) and ritornello: Mich kann die süße Ruhe laben
  6. Recitative (alto): Augustus schützt die frohen Felder
  7. Aria (alto): Preiset, späte Folgezeiten
  8. Recitative (SATB): Ihr Fröhlichen, herbei
  9. Chorus: August lebe
  10. March


  • Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman. J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 5. Erato, 1996.
  • Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling. Edition Bachakademie Vol. 64. Hänssler, 1995.
  • Kammerchor Stuttgart / Concerto Köln, Frieder Bernius. J.S. Bach Secular Cantatas BWV 206 & 207a. Sony Classical, 1990.


  1. ^ "BWV" is Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis, a thematic catalogue of Bach's works.


  1. ^ "Bach cantata translations". Emmanuel Music. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cantata BWV 207a". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "BWV 207a". University of Alberta. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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