Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 52
It is the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The title of today’s Bach cantata is “Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht” (False world, I trust you not). It is a solo cantata for soprano, with the full choir appearing only in the final chorale.
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 12:38-44:
Warning Against the Teachers of the Law
As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
The Widow’s Offering
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:
Honesty is banished from the world,
falsehood has driven it away,
remains in its place.
The best friend is unfaithful,
o miserable condition!
It’s all the same, it’s all the same,
even if I am repudiated!
If the false world is my enemy,
O then God will yet be my friend,
He who deals honestly with me.
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.
Amen.felipe (484255) — 11/8/2021 @ 3:30 am
This cantata is a wonderful way to prepare for the holiday ahead. The soprano does a fine job of keeping a lyrical tone despite the content of the text. The final chorale contained (to me at least) echoes of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (BWV 80).
Whatever public services you have performed (I gather there are many of these), your weekly selection of Bach is hardly the least of them.
Thank you.John B Boddie (9f8361) — 11/9/2021 @ 7:26 pm