Concerts at the countryside – Fertőszentmiklós
About the program
Bach’s 42nd cantata was composed for 8 April 1725. The text starts with a verbatim quote from the Sunday gospel, which also sets the theme for the following text. The second movement quotes a promise by Jesus: “For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst.” The fourth movement is a choral, and then comes a recital of the above promise. In the closing choral, the congregation sings Luther’s song to pray for God’s peace. The introductory symphony is presumably a movement from a previously composed instrumental concerto.
Cantata no. 8 may have been first played one year earlier, on 24 September 1724. According to Alfred Dürr, the opening choir “conveys to the audience a grand vision of the hour of death. The theme of the orchestral material is expressed by two oboe d’amore, which expressively underline the agonised question about the hour of death, while the other instruments naturalistically imitate the tolling of knells.”