Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 166, "Wo gehest du hin?" BWV 166 (BC A71)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the fourth Sunday after Easter, which fell on May 7, 1724, Bach's Cantata No. 166 "Wo gehest du hin?" (Where goest thou?) (BWV 166) sets a text by an unknown writer based on several different

    Bible texts and chorales: the first movement sets the Gospel According to John 16:5, the third movement sets a chorale by Bartholomaus Ringwaldt from 1582, and the sixth and last movement sets a chorale by Amilie Juliane von Schwarzenberg-Rodolstadt from 1688. The cantata is scored for bass, tenor, soprano, and alto soloists and chorus, oboe, strings, and basso continuo. "Wo gehest du hin?" is in six movements in two parts. The first movement is a dour aria for bass, oboe, strings, and continuo. The second movement is a long, slow, dismal aria in the form of a trio sonata for tenor soloist with obbligato violin and oboe continuo. The third movement is a dark setting of Ringwaldt's chorale for soprano soloist accompanied by violins and violas in unison above the continuo. The fourth movement is a dreary secco recitative for bass soloist and continuo and the fifth is a sweetly lilting aria for alto soloist, oboe, strings, and continuo. "Wo gehest du hin?" concludes with a straightforward harmonization of Schwarzenberg-Rodolstadt's chorale for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Wo gehest du hin?
    2. Ich will an den Himmel denken
    3. Ich bitte dich, Herr Jesu Christ
    4. Gleichwie die Regenwasser bald verfliessen
    5. Man nehme sich in Acht
    6. Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 J.S. Bach-Stiftung B 348
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 671897
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2005 Soli Deo Gloria 107
    2005 Challenge Records CC72209
    2002 BIS 1261
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92050
    2000 Teldec 27315
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91763-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1988 Teldec 35658
    Brilliant 99704/4
    Brilliant Classics 99704
    Brilliant 93102/80
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL4
    Haenssler 98883