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Ihr Häuser des Himmels, ihr scheinenden Lichter (You towers of Heaven, you shining light)

Cantata 193a

  • Name day of Frederick August II, 3/8/1727

Even more is lost of BWV 193a than of BWV 193. However, we do know that BWV 193a/1 corresponds to BWV 193/1, BWV 193a/7 corresponds to BWV 193/3 and BWV 193a/9 corresponds to BWV 193/5. The rest, alas, is lost. It is conjectured that both BWV 193a and BWV 193 originated in a lost Köthen original and BWV 193 was constructed a couple of weeks after BWV 193a. For more details, see the critical commentary to NBA I/36 and Smend's Bach in Köthen.

Copyright © 1998, Simon Crouch.

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