Uns ist ein Kind geboren, BWV 142

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Uns ist ein Kind geboren (Unto us a child is born), is a Christmas cantata which was formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach as his BWV 142,[a] but was most likely composed by his predecessor in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau, around 1720.[1]

Scoring and structure[edit]

The cantata is scored for three vocal soloists (alto, tenor and bass), a four-part choir, two recorders, two oboes, two violins, viola and continuo.[2]

The piece has eight movements:

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Chorus: Uns ist ein Kind geboren
  3. Aria (bass): Dein Geburtstag ist erschienen
  4. Chorus: Ich will den Namen Gottes loben
  5. Aria (tenor): Jesu, dir sei Dank
  6. Recitative (alto): Immanuel
  7. Aria (alto): Jesu, dir sei Preis
  8. Chorus: Alleluia


  • Alsfelder Vokalensemble / I Febiarmionici, Wolfgang Helbich. The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas II. CPO, 2001.
  • Choir and Orchestra "Pro Arte" Munich, Kurt Redel. J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major & Cantata BWV 142. Philips, 1964.
  • Mannheim Bach Choir / Heidelberger Kammerorchester, Heinz Markus Göttsche. J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 62 & BWV 142. Da Camera, 1966.


  1. ^ "BWV" is Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis, a thematic catalogue of Bach's works.


  1. ^ Classical Net Uns ist ein Kind geboren (Unto us a child is born), Classical Net, 1998
  2. ^ Bach Cantatas BWV 142

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