Why these songs of happy cheer? What gloria In Excelsis Deo brightness did you see? What glad tiding did you hear? Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.
While we raise our hearts in love. German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and the only one of his church cantatas set to a Latin text. Leipzig for Christmas Day, as indicated by the heading on the manuscript in Bach’s own handwriting, “J. Recent archival and manuscript evidence suggest the cantata was first performed not in 1743, but in 1745 at a special Christmas Day service to celebrate the Peace of Dresden, which brought to an end the hardships imposed on the region by the Second Silesian War.
Unlike Bach’s other church cantatas, the words are not in German, taken from the Bible, a chorale or contemporary poetry, but in Latin, taken from the Gloria and the Doxology. 1733 setting, are moved from a purely vocal to an instrumentally accompanied setting. The modifications Bach made to the last two movements of BWV 191, however, were not carried over into the final manuscript compilation of the Mass in B minor, leaving it a matter of speculation whether or not these constitute “improvements” to Bach’s original score. The cantata bears the heading ::J.
BWV” is Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis, a thematic catalogue of Bach’s works. Johann Sebastian Bachs Gloria in excelsis Deo BWV 191: Musik für ein Leipziger Dankfest” . Bach’s Mass in B minor: Considerations of Its Early Performance and Use”. Glory to God in the highest.