Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 171, "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm," BWV 171 (BC A24)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for New Year's Day 1729, Bach's Cantata No. 171 "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" (God, as Thy Name is, so is Thy praise) (BWV 171) sets a text by Picander from 1728 based on Psalm 48:11 with a closing chorale by Johannes Herman from 1593. The cantata is scored for tenor, alto, soprano, and bass soloists and chorus, strings, and basso continuo plus a pair of oboes in the first, fifth, and final movements and a trio of trumpets plus tympani in the outer movements. "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" is almost entirely in celebratory D major with its first, third, fourth, fifth, and final movements in the tonic and only its second movement in the dominant of A major. The first movement is a grand chorale fugue for chorus and full orchestra. The second is a joyful aria in the form of a trio sonata for tenor soloist, violins, and continuo. The third is sorrowful secco recitative for alto soloist and continuo. The fourth is a gracious aria in the form of a trio sonata for soprano soloist, solo cello, and continuo. The fifth is an accompanied recitative for tenor soloist, a pair of oboes, and continuo that blossoms into a fuller texture in the final bars. "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" concludes with a harmonization of Herman's chorale for chorus alternating with the full orchestra. Portions of the opening fugue were later incorporated into the Credo of the Mass in B minor.


    1. Gott, wie dien Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm
    2. Herr, so weit die Wolken gehen
    3. Du süsser Jesus-Name du, in dir ist meine Ruh
    4. Jesus soll mein erstes Wort in dem neuen Jahre heissen
    5. Und da du, Herr, gesagt
    6. Lass uns das Jahr vollbringen/Dein ist allein die Ehre

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Archiv Produktion
    2013 Archiv Produktion / Deutsche Grammophon 4791712
    2013 Warner Classics 381159
    2013 Teldec 671897
    2012 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) / Soli Deo Gloria SDG 718
    2011 BIS SACD 1891
    2011 Warner Classics 674146
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 Challenge Classics 72296
    2008 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) 150
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2005 Challenge Records CC72219
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92051
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1994 Archiv Produktion 439 368-2AX26
    1994 Archiv Produktion 439369
    1994 Teldec 4509-91763-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    Brilliant 99703/29
    Brilliant Classics 99703
    Brilliant Classics 93102/75
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL3
    Haenssler 98871