Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
The motet draws its text from Psalm 117 Verses 1-2. A couple of Bach's other motets are known to have been composed for funerals in Leipzig and set texts such as the Epistle to the Romans. The celebratory text of Lobet den Herrn does not suggest a farewell to the world, indicating that it was composed for a different type of occasion.
It is not known when the work was composed. Some scholars, for example Martin Geck, have questioned the attribution to Bach. In the twentieth century the authoritative Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis catalogue included it in a set of motets (listed as BWV 225–231). In retrospect, the BWV numbering seems somewhat arbitrary as a grouping of the Bach motets: recent scholarship includes more works among the motets. However, Lobet den Herrn has often been recorded with others from BWV 225-229.
19th century editions
It was first published in 1821. The publisher claimed to have had access to an autograph score.
20th century editions
It was included in the New Bach Edition in 1965.
21st century editions
It was published by Carus-Verlag as one of seven motets edited by Uwe Wolf. The editor acknowledges some doubt about the authenticity of the work, explaining that "in contrast to the 'classical' number of six works we have published seven compositions in this volume of motets: five undoubtedly authentic works by Johann Sebastian Bach and two whose authenticity is less certain".
Lobet den Herrn has often been recorded with other motets by Bach. These recorded sets of motets are partially listed at Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, discography.
- Wolf, Uwe, ed. (2002). "Johann Sebastian Bach / Motetten / Motets" (PDF). Carus-Verlag. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
- Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230: performance by the Netherlands Bach Society (video and background information)
- Information on the work on www.bach-cantatas.com
- Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- J.S. Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 English and German texts at Emmanuel Music