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CV31.018/03

Bach: Gleichwie der Regen and Schnee, BWV 18

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    • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Format: Vocal Score
    • Instrumentation: SATB Choir, STB Solos, Piano Reduction
    • Work Languages: English, German
    • ISMN: 979-000716433-1
    • 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.