Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083

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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Cancel, highest, my sins), BWV 1083, is a version by Johann Sebastian Bach of Pergolesi's 1736 Stabat Mater. Bach wrote his transcription/reworking in the 1740s, slightly expanding the orchestral material and replacing the original Latin text by a German text based on Psalm 51.[1]

History and text[edit]

Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden is a musical parody of the Stabat Mater Giovanni Battista Pergolesi had composed in 1736. The parody version was made c. 1743/1745, using a German text based on Psalm 51, one of the penitential psalms.[1] Bach added to Pergolesi's music, providing an additional harmonic line.


Bach's version is scored for soprano and alto voices, viola, concertante violins, ripieno violins, and basso continuo.[1]


  • American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas. J.S. Bach: Transcriptions of Italian Music. Koch International, 1993.
  • Neue Hofkapelle München, Christian Brembeck. Bach & die Italiener. Christophorus, 1996.
  • Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock. Scarlatti · Bach · Durante. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1998.
  • Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling. Edition Bachakademie Vol. 73. Hänssler, 1999.
  • Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie. Bach: Psaume 51 d’aprés le Stabat Mater de Pergolesi; Cantate BWV 82 "Ich habe genug". ATMA, 2004.
  • Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink. Bach Edition Vol. 17. Brilliant Classics, 2000.
  • Theatre of Early Music, Daniel Taylor. Stabat Mater. BIS, 2006.


  1. ^ a b c Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden at jsbach.org


External links[edit]

Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project