12.2.09

Bach - Sleepers wake

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, also known as Sleepers, Wake, is a cantata written in 1731 by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is scored for horn, 2 oboes, taille (an instrument similar to the oboe da caccia, today often substituted with an English horn), violino piccolo, violin, viola, basso continuo, and choir with soprano, tenor, and bass soloists.

This is a Lutheran Hymn written for the 27th Sunday after Trinity
in the 1st year of the 3 year cycle of Lutheran Mass readings.

It is base on the parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25:1–13. Hence the name "Sleepers, Wake".

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

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