Bach, Johann Sebastian
How bright and fair the morning star BWV 1
Cantata for the Feast of Annunciation Day
Edition no.
BA 10001-90
Volume / Series
Wendt, Matthias
Focke, Martin
Language(s) of work
German, English
Product format
Vocal score, Urtext edition
Pages / Format
37 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
The cantata “ Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” BWV 1 was written for 25 March 1725, when the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary coincided with Palm Sunday.
It forms the conclusion of Bach’s cantata cycle of 1724/25.

The anonymous librettist retained the outer verses 1 and 7 of Philipp Nicolai’s text (1599) which is assigned to the feast of Epiphany according to old tradition but was also sung at the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary. Verses 2 to 6 form the basis for the tenor and bass recitatives and the soprano and tenor arias.

Bach’s composition has a particularly festive brilliance with his use of 2 horns, 2 oboes da caccia and the two concertante solo violins. The violins’ lively figurations clearly reflect an image of the shining morning star.

- Urtext of the New Bach Edition
- Original German text with English singing translation
- Idiomatic and easy-to-play piano reduction
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