O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Chris David Westover)

This work bears the designation BWV 118

General Info

Year: c. 1736 / 2017
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chorale
Publisher: Manuscript

Cost: Score and Parts - Free. Contact Chris David Westover


Full Score
Flute I
Oboe/Flute II
Bassoon I
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

J.S. Bach is a composer so central to the history of Western art music that he is immortalized as the first of the three B's of classical music, alongside Beethoven and Brahms. Though it is unfortunate that he did not make many contributions to the wind-band repertoire, his early work for small wind-band and chorus (O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht) is a work of great beauty that is also a lovely pedagogical piece.

Composed around 1736/1737, the work is based on one of his chorales from the 371 4-part chorales. The woodwinds and low voice weave a texture around the chorale, which is presented in augmentation in the brass.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover, conductor) – 31 March 2017

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  • Christopher David Westover, personal correspondence, August 2018
  • Perusal score