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From Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
Voice / Vocal Fach Mezzo / Alto/ Countertenor
Original key B minor
Language German
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750
Poet Picander 1700 – 1764
Range Erbarme dich mein Gott

Erbarme dich mein Gott set by Picander was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 (B minor). This aria is the forty-seventh number of the second part of the St Matthiew 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. He respected those demands and never staged any of his cantatas, including his Saint Matthew’s Passion, performed for the first time at Saint Thomas Church in Leipzig, in 1727.
Nevertheless, Bach still wrote an immensely theatrical and dramatic Passion where drama and music are closely intertwined. Saint Matthew’s Passion is with no doubt one his most monumental and remarkable compositions owning to the length of the text but also to the ambitious orchestration: no less than four soloists, a large orchestra of strings, flutes, oboes, a harpsichord, an organ and two choirs join to narrate the last hours of Christ before crucifixion.
As, in his earlier Saint John passion, Bach structures his piece around the gospel recited by the Evangelist (the tenor) and the words, emotions, voiced by others taking part in the most painful episode of Jesus Christ’s life, combining them all in recitatives, arias and chorus numbers.

Erbarme dich is the forty-seventh number of Saint Matthew’s Passion. As Jesus is trialed and sentenced to death, different people recognize Peter as a follower of Jesus. At first, he denies knowing Jesus two times in front of servants (Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast, N.45) and a third time when he is recognized by the crowd (Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von dene, N.46). In Erbarme dich, Peter realizes how shameful his behavior has been and expresses his feeling of guilt and need for repentance. The aria is orchestrated for an ensemble of strings (viola, two violins), basso continuo, solo violin and is built around a classic da capo structure (ABA’). The music is extremely expressive in depicting Peters’ desperation and shame as well as Peter’s remorse (see the solo violin’s expressive descending motifs).

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