Of Redemption – J.S. Bach – Cantata BWV 135, at Trinity III

Nicolas Poussin: The Crossing of the Red Sea (1634)

Nicolas Poussin: The Crossing of the Red Sea (1634)

Cantata 135 is from the second Leipzig cycle of 1724. Like cantata 21, Bach pays little attention to either Peter’s or Christ’s words for the day, but, again, never mind; the music is great. The cantata is in six movements, and opens with a very fine chorus, a prayer for divine forgiveness, which gives a canonic presentation of the chorale, with cantus firmus in the bass line.

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