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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

BWV 51 performed by the Netherlands Bach Society conducted by Jos van Veldhoven.
Grote Kerk, Naarden

"The singing voice and the trumpet are actually very similar as to phrasing and breathing."

Everything is wonderful

This music is brimming with optimism.

 

The trumpet comes straight to the point, creating the ecstatic mood of this cantata, which revolves around jubilation and gratitude. Bach probably composed this music for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, but later wrote on the score that the piece could also be used on other Sundays. The text paraphrases excerpts from various books of the New and Old Testament. In his arrangement, Bach emphasises the jubilant mood right from the start, with the rapidly repeated notes and the way in which he illustrates the word ‘jauchzet’. We then keep hearing a sort of rotating music, derived from the rhetorical figure ‘circulatio’. The trumpet plays a prominent role in both the opening aria and the closing 'Alleluia’. 

The expression of the words about ‘lallen’ (chatter) in the second movement is very effective, as is the final rich Italianate string accompaniment in the chorale ‘Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren’. There is doubt as to whether there was a boy soprano in Leipzig who could manage the high notes and demanding solo passage in this cantata. This is partly why musicologist Klaus Hofmann assumes that Bach composed this festive, virtuoso cantata around 1730 for the Weissenfels court, to the south-west of Leipzig, where he held an unpaid but prestigious position as honorary Kapellmeister. Another possibility is that he wrote this work for one of the Italian opera singers who settled in Dresden that year.


BWV
51

Title
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

Genre
cantata (solo cantata)

Year
1730

City
Leipzig

Lyricist
unknown

Occasion
fifteenth Sunday after Trinity and general use

First Performance
probably 17 September 1730

Cast & Crew

Release Date 5 May 2017
Recording Date 17 December 2015
Location Grote Kerk, Naarden
Conductor Jos van Veldhoven
Soprano Maria Keohane
Trumpet Robert Vanryne
Violin 1 Shunske Sato, Annelies van der Vegt, Anneke van Haaften, Lidewij van der Voort
Violin 2 Sayuri Yamagata, Pieter Affourtit, Paulien Kostense
Viola Staas Swierstra, Jan Willem Vis
Cello Lucia Swarts, Richte van der Meer
Double Bass Robert Franenberg
Organ Pieter-Jan Belder
harpsichord Siebe Henstra
Director Joost Honselaar
Assistant Director Ferenc Soetman
Music recording Guido Tichelman, Bastiaan Kuijt, Micha de Kanter
Music edit and mix Guido Tichelman
Camera Jochem Timmerman, Rene Holbrugge, Martin Struif, Chris Reichgelt
Lights Zen Bloot
lighting assistant Patrick Galvin
Video engineer Justin Mutsaers
Settechniek Glenn van den Eerden
Data handling Charlotte Storm
Project manager NEP Peter Ribbens
Producer Imke Deters
Interview Onno van Ameijde
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Angela Mast

Vocal Texts

Original

1. Aria 

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
Was der Himmel und die Welt
an Geschöpfen in sich hält,
müssen dessen Ruhm erhöhen,
und wir wollen unserm Gott
gleichfalls itzt ein Opfer bringen,
dass er uns in Kreuz und Not
allezeit hat beigestanden.

2. Rezitativ 

Wir beten zu dem Tempel an,
da Gottes Ehre wohnet,
da dessen Treu,
so täglich neu,
mit lauter Segen lohnet.

Wir preisen, was er an uns hat getan.

Muss gleich der schwache Mund
von seinen Wundern lallen,
so kann ein schlechtes Lob
ihm dennoch wohlgefallen.

3. Arie 

Höchster, mache deine Güte
ferner alle Morgen neu.
So soll vor die Vatertreu
auch ein dankbares Gemüte
durch ein frommes Leben weisen,
dass wir deine Kinder heißen.

4. Choral 

Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
Gott Vater, Sohn, Heiligem Geist!
Der woll’ in uns vermehren,
was er uns aus Gnaden verheißt,
dass wir ihm fest vertrauen,
gänzlich uns lass’n auf ihn,
von Herzen auf ihn bauen,
dass uns’r Herz, Mut und Sinn
ihm festiglich anhangen;
drauf singen wir zur Stund:
Amen, wir werden’s erlangen,
glaub’n wir aus 
Herzensgrund.

5. Arie 

Alleluia!

Translation

1. Aria 

Rejoice unto God in all lands!
Every creature
in heaven and the world
must exalt His fame,
and we would likewise bring
our God an offering now,
for that He has always stood beside us
in affliction and distress.

2. Recitative 

We worship in the temple,
where God’s own glory dwells,
since His faith,
which is new every morning,
rewards with pure blessings.

We praise Him for what He hath done us.

Though our feeble voices
babble about His wonders,
a modest praise can nonetheless
still please Him.

3. Aria 

Highest One, renew Thy goodness
each morning again.
Thus for Thy father’s love
shall a grateful soul
show through a righteous life
that we are called Thy children.

4. Chorale 

Laud and praise with honour
God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
May He increase in us
what He pledges us in mercy:
that we may firmly trust in Him,
wholly depend on Him
and rely on Him with our hearts,
that our heart, mind and will
steadfastly cling to Him;
to this now let us sing:
Amen, we shall achieve it,
if we believe with all our heart.


5. Aria 

Alleluia!

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