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From Johannes-Passion, BWV 245
Voice / Vocal Fach Bass
Original key Eb Major
Language German
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750
Poet Various 0
Range Betrachte meine Seel’

Betrachte meine Seel’ was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1724 (Eb Major). This aria is the thirty-first number of the second part of the St John Passion.

In 1724, when J.S. Bach was appointed to Saint Thomas Church in Leipzig, he was told by the city council of the time, he would not be permitted to compose any theatrical music. 10 months after his appointment as cantor, St. John Passion was performed for the first time at the St Nicolas Church of Leipzig. He respected the demands of the city council and no staging was created; however, Bach still wrote an immensely theatrical and dramatic Passion where drama and music are closely intertwined.
The texts of the recitatives are from the Gospel of John (except for two small passages from St Matthew) and the text of the arias are by Heinrich Brockes Barthold, Christian Heinrich Postel and Bach himself.
In Saint John Passion, the focus of the drama is set on the brutality of the crucifixion of Jesus, from his arrest, to his trial and crucifixion. Recitatives setting the words of Christ, Pilate, Peter and John, are followed by arias, moments of suspension where room is made for profound reflection. The chorus portrays the crowd. This Passion was intended for four soloists, a chorus and a large orchestra including original instruments such as oboes d’amore, oboes da caccia, violas d’amore, an even a lutenist.

Betrachte meine Seel’, an aria sung by a bass, appears in the second part of the oratorio. It is present in the Bach’s first version of St John Passion but will be replaced in his second version (1725) by another aria: Ach, windet euch nicht so, geplagte Seelen. However, in his later versions, Bach will reintegrate the aria and nowadays, it is always sung, when performing St John’s Passion.
In the number that precede our aria, Jesus has been brought to Pilate. Pilate first interrogates Jesus in front of the crowd before asking them if he should let him go. The crowd cruelly refuses and asks that Barabbas, a murderer, be released instead. The aria, in contrast with the horror of what precedes, sets an atmosphere of hope, the hope for redemption the sacrifice of Christ will bring. It is accompanied by a luth and a viola d’amore which color the music with melancholy and sadness (see the repeated notes at the obstinato bass figuring tears).

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