Chapter 53 Bwv 30

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Chapter 53 BWV 30 Freue dich, erlste Schar

Rejoice, redeemed masses.

For Saint John’s Day
Chorus–recit (bass)–aria (bass)–recit (alto)–aria (alto)–chorale
Recit (bass)–aria (bass)–recit (sop)–aria (sop)–recit (tenor)–chorus.

There are three extant cantatas for the Feast of John the Baptist of which C 30 is by far the latest. Originally a secular cantata it was adapted for liturgical use and possibly first performed in 1738 (Drr p691-2). The structure and libretto of the initial work may be found in Drr pp880-883.