Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" BWV 2: Chorus: "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" (4:39)

Cover of J.S. Bach Cantatas Vol. 10

From J.S. Bach Cantatas Vol. 10

Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Oh God, look down from heaven), BWV 2, is a sacred cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.

It was composed in Leipzig in 1724 for the second Sunday after Trinity, which occurred that year on 18 June, which marks the date of the first performance.

The prescribed readings for the day are 1 John 3: 13-18 and Luke 14: 16-24. The text of the cantata comprises the words of the hymn published by Martin Luther in 1524[1], which paraphrase Psalm 12, in movements 1 and 6. Authorship of verses 2-5 is unknown.

The homonym chorale theme was codified by Martin Luther[2], although Paul Speratus had previously used the melody in his hymn “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her”[3]

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