Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her/
ich bring euch gute neue Mähr/
der guten Mähr bring ich so viel/
davon ich singn und sagn will.


From heaven on high I come here,
I bring you glad, new tidings.
Of glad tidings I bring so many
of which I will sing and speak.

Melody and text: Contrafactum of Ich kumm aus frembden Landen her, Martin Luther (1483-1546), 1533/34
Text – first issue: Wittenberg 1535 (Joseph Klug)
Complete first issue: Leipzig 1539 (Valentin Schumann)

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J S Bach’s setting of this chorale will be part of our printed Volume 1, due for publication in late 2023.

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