Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207

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Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten (United discord of quivering strings), BWV 207,[a] is a secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and first performed on 11 December 1726 in Leipzig.[1]

History and text[edit]

Bach composed this cantata to celebrate the appointment of Gottlieb Kortte as professor of Roman Law at Leipzig University. The librettist of the work is unknown: it may have been Picander,[1] who had been providing libretti for Bach from at least the previous year when they collaborated on another academic cantata Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205.

Bach incorporated music from his first Brandenburg Concerto, which was composed years earlier. The third movement of the concerto is used for the opening chorus with trumpets replacing the concerto's horns and some of the instrumental music given to the choir.

There is a related work Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten, BWV 207a.

Scoring and structure[edit]

The cantata features four solo singers: Glück (soprano), Dankbarkeit (alto), Fleiß (tenor), and Ehre (bass). It is also scored for four-part choir, three trumpets, timpani, two flutes, two oboes d'amore, taille, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.[2]

It has ten movements:

  1. March
  2. Chorus: Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten
  3. Recitative (tenor): Wen treibt ein edler Trieb zu dem, was Ehre heißt
  4. Aria (tenor): Zieht euren Fuß nur nicht zurücke
  5. Duet recitative (bass and soprano): Dem nur allein
  6. Duet aria (bass and soprano) and ritornello: Den soll mein Lorbeer schützend decken
  7. Recitative (alto): Es ist kein leeres Wort, kein ohne Grund erregtes Hoffen
  8. Aria (alto): Ätzet dieses Angedenken
  9. Recitative (SATB): Ihr Schläfrigen, herbei
  10. Chorus: Kortte lebe, Kortte blühe


  • Berliner Solisten, Kammerorchester Berlin, Peter Schreier, Berlin Classics, 1985
  • Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe. J.S. Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken!. Harmonia Mundi France, 2004.
  • Leipziger Universitätschor / Pauliner Barockensemble, David Timm. J.S. Bach: Festmusiken zu Leipziger Universitätsfeiern. Querstand, 2009.


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


  1. ^ a b "Cantata BWV 207 Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "BWV 207". University of Alberta. Retrieved 6 June 2013.