Wachet Auf (arr. DeJonge

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Rick DeJonge)


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General Info

Year: 1731 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boston Brass
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $99.00


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Program Notes

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, calls the voice to us), BWV 140, also known as Sleepers Wake, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, regarded as one of his most mature and popular sacred cantatas. He composed the chorale cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November 1731.

The cantata is based on the hymn in three stanzas Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (1599) by Philipp Nicolai, which covers the prescribed reading for the Sunday, the parable of the Ten Virgins. Bach scored the work for three vocal soloists (soprano, tenor and bass), a four-part choir and a Baroque instrumental ensemble consisting of a horn (to reinforce the soprano), two oboes, taille, violino piccolo, strings and basso continuo including bassoon. Bach scholar Alfred Dürr notes that the cantata is an expression of Christian mysticism in art, while William G. Whittaker calls it "a cantata without weakness, without a dull bar, technically, emotionally and spiritually of the highest order".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Based on Boston Brass custom arrangements and adapted by Rick DeJonge.

- Program Note from publisher


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