Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
We thank you, God, we thank you
Wir danken dir is one of Bach’s Ratswechsel (change of council) cantatas, composed for the annual August inauguration of the new town council, celebrated with a festival service in Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche. It was an opportunity for Bach to display his musical virtuosity to visiting dignitaries as well as his own employers. The cantata begins with a magnificent sinfonia for organ and orchestra, followed by a glorious opening chorus, later recast as the Dona nobis pacem of the Mass in B Minor. With thanksgiving for the blessings of the past and reliance on God for protection in the future, BWV 29 opens the 51st season of Bach Cantata Vespers with joyful praise and prayer.
3:00 p.m. Cantata Preview Lecture
Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights
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3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Thomas Schmidt, Chicago, Illinois, guest organist
Prelude: César Franck’s Choral No. 1 in E Major
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Bulletin for the service.
Paul D. Weber: Psalm 150
Rebekah Weant Costello, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Illinois, homilist
Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Karen Brunssen, mezzo soprano
Ace Gangoso, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone
Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello, conducting