Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt, TWV 1:877

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Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt (I know that my Redeemer lives), TWV 1:877, BWV 160, is a church cantata composed around 1725 by Georg Philipp Telemann for Easter Sunday, formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach.[1]


A manuscript copy from the 18th century by Bach's student Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber identified Bach as the composer of the work, and on this basis it was published as Bach's in the 19th century, and given the number 160 in the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis.[1] Other 18th-century manuscripts attributed the work to Telemann: authenticated as a work by this composer the piece was assigned the number 1:877 in the Telemann-Werke-Verzeichnis.[2] It is one of the works that Bach had copied out so that he could perform it as part of his employment in Leipzig.[3]


The piece is a solo cantata with lyrics by Erdmann Neumeister. It is scored for solo tenor voice, violin, bassoon, and basso continuo. It has five movements (all in the key of C major), alternating between arias and recitatives.[4]

No. Type Text Time
1 Aria Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt 3/4
2 Recitative Er lebt und ist von Todten auferstanden! common time
3 Aria Gott Lob, Gott Lob common time
4 Recitative So biet' ich allen Teufeln Trutz! common time
5 Aria Nun, ich halte mich bereit common time



  1. ^ a b "Ich weiß, dass mein Erlöser lebt". Bach Digital. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Cantata No 160". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ Turner, Ryan. "Bach Cantata Notes - Georg Philipp Telemann Ich weiß, das mein Erlöser lebt TWV 1:877". Emmanuel Music. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Cantata BWV 160 Ich weiß, daß mein Erloser lebt". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 14 December 2012.

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