Bach: Gleichwie der Regen and Schnee, BWV 18

Cantata for Sexagesima

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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Languages: English, German
  • ISMN: 9790007164331
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 20
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The cantata dates from Bach's time in Weimar. The instrumental scoring of four violas and basso continuo - in the Leipzig performances enhanced by two recorders doubling viola I and II at the octave - is unique in Bach's cantata oeuvre. It lends a dark, luxurious sound to the four movements which is gently illuminated by the recorders. The work - with its instrumental sinfonia, a short secco recitative and an extended accompagnato recitative (both of which contain arioso inserts), a short soprano aria and a simple closing chorale - makes no great demands on the performing forces. Admirers of text interpretation by means of instrumental figuration will be richly rewarded.