Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh

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Komm, süßer Tod, first edition 1736

"Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh" (Come, sweet death, come, blessed rest) is a song for solo voice and basso continuo from the 69 Sacred Songs and Arias that Johann Sebastian Bach contributed to Musicalisches Gesangbuch by Georg Christian Schemelli (BWV 478), edited by Schemelli in 1736.[1] The text is by an anonymous author.[2] Bach, by means of melody and harmony, expresses the desire for death and heaven. It is among his most popular works and has been adapted and transformed by several composers, such as Max Reger, Leopold Stokowski,[3] Knut Nystedt, and for the Wanamaker Organ, by Virgil Fox.[4]


  1. ^ Albert Schweitzer (1911). J.S. Bach, Volume 2. Ernest Newman. Breitkopf & Härtel.
  2. ^ Komm süßer Tod / Text and Translation of Chorale bach-cantatas.com
  3. ^ "Bach Performance". Victoria Advocate. June 28, 1999. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Organist Virgil Fox Master of Instrument". Boca Raton News. January 26, 1972. Retrieved May 29, 2010.