|These pages give access to the texts of all Bach cantatas, as well as oratorios, passions, masses, and motets. All texts are in the original language, i.e. most are in German, some are in Latin, and then there are bits in Italian and in Greek.|
There are several English translations of the texts of Bach's cantatas:
Texte zu den Kirchenkantaten von Johann Sebastian Bach / The texts to
Johann Sebastian Bach's church cantatas. Translation by Z. Philip Ambrose.
Neuhausen-Stuttgart: Hänssler, 1984.
The following two well-known books provide less literal singing
translations of Bach's cantatas (and other vocal works in the second):
The following volume presents line-by-line English translations in German
The English translations in the Teldec/Telefunken series are often very inaccurate.
(Information provided by Michael Marissen).
|"Missing Cantatas"|| Texts of several cantatas have been excluded because
they are not authentic. They are:
The composition of the following works has been lost:
(Information from Dürr, A. Die Kantaten von Johann Sebastian Bach, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1971)
|Typesetting||All Chorales or Chorale fragments are printed in bold, all the others texts are printed in normal font.|
The following people have sent me texts that are included in these pages:
Joachim Vogelsänger (Schemelli Gesangsbuch, BWV 439-507),
Kurt Büchler (BWV 247),
Léon P. B. Habets (dutch translations).
Several people have informed me about errors in the pages: Joachim Bamberg, Harry Bartels, Albert Jan Becking, Jay Beder, Bruno Bianco, Regula Boeniger, Jörg-Andreas Böttich, Peter Broncek, Jan-Frerk Burmester, Johan De Wael, Martin Fell, Eduard van Hengel, Timo Keller, Michael Kipp, Matthias Knoll, Andrew Koll, Jaap Krabbendam, Martin A. Lobeck, Michael Marissen, Charles K. Moss, Fred Weijs, Rüdiger Weyer, Dick Wursten.
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