The cantata is part of Bach's first annual cycle of cantatas, which he began when he took up office as Thomaskantor in May 1723. The topic is based on the prescribed reading from the gospel of Luke, Jesus announcing the destruction of Jerusalem and cleansing of the Temple. The librettist is unknown. The cantata is structured in six movements: two choral movements frame a sequence of alternating recitatives and arias. The opening movement is based on a verse from the Book of Lamentations, a lament of the destructed Jerusalem, related to the announcement from the gospel. The text moves from reflecting God's wrath in the past to the situation of the contemporary Christian. The closing chorale, a stanza from Johann Matthäus Meyfart's hymn "O großer Gott von Macht", is a prayer culminating in the thought "do not repay us according to our sins".
|Date of composition||1723 in Leipzig, Germany|
|First published||1860 in Leipzig, Germany|
|Approx. duration||20 minutes|
Oboe da caccia
Tromba da tirarsi
Jean-Sébastien Bach: Schauet doch und sehet en sol mineur, BWV 46 ""Behold and see if there be any sorrow""
Johann Sebastian Bach: Schauet doch und sehet in sol minore, BWV 46 ""Behold and see if there be any sorrow""
Johann Sebastian Bach: Schauet doch und sehet g-moll, BWV 46 ""Behold and see if there be any sorrow""