Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 84, "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke," BWV 84 (BC A43)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the Septuagesima Sunday, which fell on February 9, 1727, Bach's Cantata No. 84 "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" (I am content with my fate) (BWV 87) sets an anonymous text based on a poem by Picander in its first four movements and a chorale by Amilie Juliane von Schwarsburg-Rudolstadt from 1686 as its final movement. The cantata is simply scored for soprano soloists, chorus, oboe, strings, and basso continuo. The first movement of "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" is in E minor. The second starts in B minor, but ends in D major, which serves as the dominant of the third movement in G major. Similarly, the fourth movement starts in E minor and ends in F sharp major, which serves as the dominant of the concluding chorale that starts in B minor and ends in B major because of the picardy third on the final sonority. Thus, the first movement is in the minor subdominant, the second is structurally dominant to the third that's in the major submediant, and the fourth movement is structurally dominant to the fifth movement. The actual sequence of movements is aria-recitative-aria-recitative-chorale. The first movement is essentially a double concerto for solo oboe and soprano soloists with strings and continuo. The second is a secco recitative for soloist and continuo and the third is an aria in the form of a trio sonata for soloist and continuo. The fourth is a recitative for soloist, strings, and continuo. "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" concludes with an austere harmonization of von Schwarsburg-Rudolstadt chorale for chorus and orchestra colla parte.


    1. Ich bin vergnugt mit meinem Glücke
    2. Gott ist mir ja nichts schuldig
    3. Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot
    4. Im Schweisse meines Angesichts
    5. Ich leb' indes in dir vergnüget

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Accent ACC 24347
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2015 J.S. Bach-Stiftung B 204CD
    2013 Teldec 671905
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Harmonia Mundi 5908357
    2009 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) 153
    2009 Naxos 8570453
    2008 BIS 1691
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2008 Harmonia Mundi 901969
    2007 Teldec Classics 8573811845
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2005 Archipel 0268
    2005 Challenge Records 72217
    2002 Berlin Classics 0010662
    2001 Haenssler 92562
    2000 Angel Records 61644
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92027
    1999 Teldec 3984-25707-2
    1995 Virgin 45059
    1994 Teldec 4509-91759-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    Brilliant Classics 99704
    Brilliant 93102/85
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL4
    Brilliant 99704/9
    Haenssler 98877