J.S. Bach – The Moral Worth of Riches – Cantata 39, at Trinity I

Lazarus and Dives – Folio 78 recto, Meister des Codex Aureus Epternacensis (c. 1030-1050)

The opening chorus of cantata 39, (Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot  — Break thy bread for the hungry) is a splendid movement, with exceptional writing in the voices, and a fascinating part in the bass. The text is brilliantly illustrated, with two changes of tempo, from the opening 3/4, to common time, to 3/8.

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