O pleasant melody

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Bach cantata
O pleasant melody
BWV: 210a
Occasion: homage
Year of origin: 1729
Place of origin: Leipzig
Genus: cantata
Solo : S.
Instruments : Ft; Oa; Str; BC
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O pleasant melody ( BWV 210a) is a tribute cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach . He composed the solo cantata for soprano in Leipzig in 1729 as tribute music for Christian von Sachsen-Weißenfels and performed it two more times.

Story and words

The cantata is part of Bach's repertoire of congratulatory and homage cantatas. He composed it in Leipzig for Christian von Sachsen-Weißenfels on the occasion of his visit to the trade fair city and performed it for the first time on January 12, 1729. In 1739 he dedicated it with a slightly changed text to Joachim Friedrich von Flemming (1665–1740), the governor of Leipzig, and later to the patrons of science and art; therefore it is also called "sponsor cantata". Only the soprano part of the cantata has survived, and the original was also lost in the Second World War. Since Bach used the cantata for his completely preserved wedding cantata O holder day, desired time , it could be reconstructed from it. Bach took over all five arias, the first recitative and the beginning of the last recitative in the wedding cantata. Alexander Ferdinand Grychtolik arranged for a reconstruction of the sponsor cantata, which was published in 2008 by Edition Güntersberg .

Occupation and structure

The cantata is occupied by soprano , flauto traverso , oboe d'amore , two violins , viola and basso continuo . The following text starts refer to the version for Flemming.

  1. Recitativo: O pleasant melody
  2. Aria (oboe d'amore, strings): Play, you soulful songs
  3. Recitativo: Your worries, flee
  4. Aria (oboe d'amore, violin): Rest here, dull notes
  5. Recitativo: Well, popular musica
  6. Aria (flute): Be silent, you flutes, be silent, you tones
  7. Recitativo: But take it easy, your shine
  8. Aria (oboe d'amore, 2 violins): Great Flemming, all knowledge
  9. Recitativo (flute, oboe d'amore, strings): If you illuminate your head, stay far away
  10. Aria: Have fun, great Flemming


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bach and the Story of an “Aria tempo di Polonaise” for Joachim Friedrich Flemming ( Memento of the original from September 3, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Szymon Paczkowski (Institute of Musicology, Warsaw University), 2006 Biennial Meeting of the American Bach Society (English) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.americanbachsociety.org
  2. a b O pleasant melody Johann Sebastian Bach, cantata to the patrons of science and art. Edition Güntersberg, January 2008
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: O pleasant melody . (PDF; 388 kB) First edition of a reconstruction, Toccata (specialist journal), 37/2008