Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt

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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[1][2] identified Bach as the composer of the work, and on this basis it was given a BWV number in an 1886 catalogue. However, by the 1950s two manuscripts from the 18th century had been found that attributed the work to Telemann; the piece was given the new number TWV 1:877.[3] It is one of the works that Bach had copied out so that he could perform it as part of his employment in Leipzig. [4]

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. [5]


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. ^ Hoffman, William. "Cantata BWV 160 - Discussions". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cantata No 160". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Turner, Ryan. "Bach Cantata Notes - Georg Philipp Telemann Ich weiß, das mein Erlöser lebt TWV 1:877". Emmanuel Music. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cantata BWV 160 Ich weiß, daß mein Erloser lebt". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 

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