Of Condemnations – J.S. Bach, Cantata 177, at Trinity IV

The woodcut depicts both the parable of the mote and the bean (foreground) and the parable of the blind leading the blind (background). (Carolus Mandernus; Nicolaus Clock; no date.) Courtesy: Archive of the Perkins School of the Blind.

The woodcut depicts both the parable of the mote and the bean (foreground) and the parable of the blind leading the blind (background). (Carolus Mandernus; Nicolaus Clock; no date.) Courtesy: Archive of the Perkins School of the Blind.

From J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Trinity I through VII:

Cantata 177 was written in 1732, and intended to complete the second Leipzig cycle of 1724, which lacked a cantata for Trinity IV. The structure is a large opening chorus, which is a complex movement with soloistic work for the two oboes and the violin concertante. It is followed by three arias to reach the concluding chorale, which is the same chorale as is found in cantatas 185 and 24. The text here, though, is the five verses of the hymn as written in 1529 by Agricola, and each of the five movements uses one verse, in succession

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