Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 144, "Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin," BWV 144 (BC A41)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for Septuagesimae Sunday, which fell on February 6, 1724, Bach's Cantata No. 144 "Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin" (Take what is yours and go) (BWV 144) sets a text by an unknown author whom some scholars suspect was in fact Bach's favorite author, Picander. The opening chorale sets a text from Matthew 20:14, the third movement is based on a chorale by Samuel Rodigast from 1674, and the sixth movement sets a chorale by Markgraf Albrecht von Brandenburg from 1547. The cantata is scored for alto, tenor, and soprano soloists with chorus, strings, basso continuo, and oboe d'amore in the fifth movement. "Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin" is insistently in introverted B minor, with its first, fourth, fifth, and sixth movements in the tonic; its second movement in the minor subdominant of E minor; and its third in the submediant of G major. The first movement is marked concerto, but is a severely worked out fugue for chorus and orchestra. The second is a triple-time da capo aria for alto soloist, strings, and continuo. The third is an austere harmonization of Rodigast's chorale for chorus and orchestra colla parte. The fourth is a mournful secco recitative for tenor soloist and continuo. The fifth is an aria in the form of a trio sonata marked Andante for sorrowful soprano soloist, lyrical oboe d'amore, and continuo. "Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin" concludes with a harmonization of Albrecht's chorale with gracefully expressive inner parts for chorus and orchestra colla parte.


    1. Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin
    2. Murre nicht, lieber Christ
    3. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
    4. Wo die Genugsamkeit regiert
    5. Genugsamkeit ist ein Schatz in diesem Leben
    6. Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh' allzeit

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 467189
    2012 Accent ACC 24271
    2011 Warner Classics 674148
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) 153
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99368
    2005 Challenge Records 72207
    2005 Berlin Classics 0032912BC
    2003 Thorofon 2481/2
    2003 Leipzig 1800
    2002 BIS 1221
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92044
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25708-2
    1998 Erato 3984 23141-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91762-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    Brilliant 99703/19
    Brilliant Classics 99368/4
    Brilliant 93102/65
    Brilliant Classics 99703
    Brilliant 99705/32
    Brilliant Classics 99705
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL3
    Edel Records 1803
    Teldec 42630
    Haenssler 98876