Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192

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Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank ye all our God), BWV 192, is a church cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig in 1730.[1]

History and text[edit]

BWV 192 is a chorale cantata. It was likely first performed in late 1730, but its exact date and occasion are unknown.[1][2] It may have been written for a wedding.[3] The original score is no longer extant.[2] The tenor part was lost and was reconstructed by scholar Gunther Raphael.[4]

The lyrics were written by Martin Rinckart.[1]

Scoring and structure[edit]

The cantata is scored for soprano and bass soloists, a four-part choir, two flutes, two oboes, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.[5]

The work has three movements:

  1. Chorus: Nun danket alle Gott
  2. Duet aria (soprano and bass): Der ewig reiche Gott
  3. Chorus: Lob, Ehr und Preis sei Gott


The cantata begins with a chorale fantasia. Unusually, the ritornello is followed not by the chorale melody, but by a four-part dialogue. The first chorale phrase appears in the soprano voice over imitative counterpoint in the lower voices and staccato chords in the accompaniment.[2]

The duet aria is introduced by a ritornello "with a double hiatus suggestive of modesty or diffidence". The movement is structurally like a da capo aria but lacks a contrasting middle section.[2]

The work ends with another chorale fantasia with a "rollicking gigue melody". It is in ritornello form, with the soprano carrying the chorale melody.[2] As in the first movement, the lower voices sing imitative lines.[3]


  • Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman. J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 20. Antoine Marchand, 2002.
  • Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki. J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 51. BIS, 2011.
  • Frankfurter Kantorei / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling. Die Bach Kantate Vol. 12. Hänssler, 1974.
  • Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink. Bach Edition Vol. 12. Brilliant Classics, 1999.
  • Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner. Bach Cantatas Vol. 10. Soli Deo Gloria, 2000.


  1. ^ a b c "Cantata BWV 192 Nun danket alle Gott". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mincham, Julian. "Chapter 53 BWV 192". jsbachcantatas. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Cantata No. 192". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, Craig. "BWV 192". Emmanuel Music. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "BWV 192". University of Alberta. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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