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Sleepers, Awake! (arr Reed)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Alfred Reed)


General Info

Year: arr. 1984
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone (Opt.)
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Cornet (in Bb) I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani


Errata

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Program Notes

Sleepers, Awake! (Wachet Auf!) presents one of the best loved chorale elaborations of the great master in a new, sonorous, and richly sounding instrumental dress. Alfred Reed’s skillful arrangement of this Bach piece is absolutely superb.

- Program Note from publisher


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


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 7 June 2016


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