Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 73, "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir," BWV 73 (BC A35)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, which fell on January 23, 1724, Bach's Cantata No. 73 "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" (Lord, as You will, so let it be with me) (BWV 73) sets a text by an unknown poet opposing the Lord's unbending will with mankind's sinful willfulness. The cantata is scored for tenor, bass and soprano soloists, chorus, strings, obbligato, and basso continuo, including a natural horn. "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" appears to be in G minor, but with only its first movement in the tonic (albeit ending with a picardy third); its second in the submediant of E flat major; and its third, fourth, and fifth movements in the subdominant of C minor. Retrospectively, the cantata can seem to be in C minor (the tonality of the final three movements) with the second movement in C minor's relative major and the opening movement functioning as a huge dominant. The first movement of the work is an unusual combination of a chorale fantasia for chorus and orchestra embodying the will of the Lord and recitatives for the three soloists depicting sinful and fearful humanity. The second movement is a da capo aria in the form of a trio sonata for tenor soloist, oboe, and continuo. The third movement is a very brief secco recitative for bass soloist and continuo, leading to the string-accompanied fourth movement aria for bass. "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" concludes with a harmonization of the entire chorus and orchestra.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir
    2. Ach, senke doch den Geist der Freuden
    3. Ach, unser Wille bleibt verkehrt
    4. Herr, so du willt
    5. Das ist des Vaters Wille

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    BIS
    BIS 9055
    2015
    J.S. Bach-Stiftung
    A 997CD
    2014
    Brilliant Classics
    94947BR
    2013
    Phi
    LPH 012
    2013
    Teldec
    671863
    2011
    Warner Classics
    2010
    Brilliant Classics
    94050
    2010
    Archiv Produktion / Deutsche Grammophon
    4778735
    2010
    Archiv Produktion
    477 873-5
    2008
    Teldec
    69943-7
    2007
    Warner Classics
    2007
    Teldec Classics
    8573811925
    2006
    Brilliant Classics
    93102
    2006
    Brilliant Classics
    99697
    2006
    Challenge Records
    72210
    2005
    Berlin Classics
    0032912BC
    2004
    Virgin
    62252
    2003
    Leipzig
    1800
    2002
    BIS
    1221
    2002
    Virgin
    562025
    2001
    EMI Music Distribution
    561721
    2001
    Haenssler
    92562
    1999
    Teldec
    25704
    1999
    Haenssler
    92023
    1999
    Teldec
    3984-25707-2
    1994
    Teldec
    4509-91758-2
    1994
    Teldec
    4509-91765-2
    1992
    Virgin
    59237
    Brilliant Classics
    99704/2
    Brilliant Classics
    93102/78
    Brilliant Classics
    99704
    Brilliant Classics
    93102-VOL4
    Edel Records
    1802
    Archiv Produktion
    463582
    Erato
    80220
    Haenssler
    Haenssler
    98874