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    Bach: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70

    Cantata for the 26th Sunday after Trinity

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    First performed on the 26th Sunday after Trinity in 1723, Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch!), BWV 70.2 is in two-parts. The cantata's first part is heard before the sermon and the second after. This form is due to the work's history. Originally composed for the second Advent Sunday in 1716, the cantata was expanded from 6 to 11 movements with some textual additions to create recitatives and an additional chorale at the end of the first part. Since this was undertaken while retaining the original text, this edition can also be used for a performance of the Advent cantata BWV 70.1, of which only fragments have survived (movements 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are then omitted).