Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5

church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach

Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5 is a chorale cantata written by Johann Sebastian Bach. The title means "Where shall I flee" in English.[1] It is based on the hymn Wo soll ich fliehen hin by Johann Heermann. It was written for the 19th Sunday after Trinity. It was first performed on 15 October 1724.

Structure change

The cantata has seven movements. It is written for SATB choir and soloists, two oboes, a trumpet, solo viola, and a string ensemble.[2]

  1. Chorale: Wo soll ich fliehen hin
  2. Recitative: Der Sünden Wust hat mich nicht nur befleckt
  3. Aria: Ergieße dich reichlich, du göttliche Quelle
  4. Recitative: Mein treuer Heiland tröstet mich
  5. Aria: Verstumme, Höllenheer
  6. Recitative: Ich bin ja nur das kleinste Teil der Welt
  7. Choral: Führ auch mein Herz und Sinn

Music change

The cantata's first movement is a chorale fantasia. The orchesra's theme is based on the hymn tune's first few notes. The hymn tune is sung by the soprano part.[2]:579

The first aria is played by a solo viola and tenor soloist. Bach does not use the solo viola in his cantatas often.[3] The aria's text is a paraphrase (rewriting of a text, keeping its meaning) of the hymn's fourth verse.[2]:578

References change

  1. Dellal, Pamela. "BWV 5 – Wo soll ich fliehen hin". Emmanuel Music. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dürr, Alfred (2006). The Cantatas of J. S. Bach: With Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text. Oxford University Press. pp. 576–580. ISBN 978-0-19-929776-4.
  3. "Chapter 20 Bwv 5 – The Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach". Retrieved 16 August 2022.