Resources for singers

In addition to learning the sounds and rhythms of the Baroque style, singing participants face the extra challenge of dealing with text and languages. Below you’ll find the words in the original German Bach used along with an English translation of the text.

Jenny French, BSM soprano and co-director for this workshop, has made recordings of herself speaking through the text to help with the German pronunciation. In these clips, you’ll find tips and tricks to sound like one of Bach’s own choir singers!

As always, please feel free to write to events@bachsocietymn.org if you have any questions.

Click below for translations and recordings of text.

BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen

Recording of text (spoken)

2. Chor
Weinen, Klagen,
Sorgen, Zagen,
Angst und Not
Sind der Christen Tränenbrot,
Die das Zeichen Jesu tragen.
2. Chorus
Weeping, lamentation,
worry, despair,
anguish and trouble
are the Christian’s bread of tears,
that bear the marks of Jesus.

Source

Voice parts played on piano

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

BWV 6 Bleib bei uns

Recording of text (spoken)

1. Chor
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, und der Tag hat sich geneiget. (Luke 24:29)
1. Chorus
Stay with us, for evening falls, and the day has declined.

Source

Vocal parts played on piano

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

BWV 180 Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele

Recording of text (spoken)

First movement

1. Choral
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,
Laß die dunkle Sündenhöhle,
Komm ans helle Licht gegangen,
Fange herrlich an zu prangen;
Denn der Herr voll Heil und Gnaden
1. Chorale
Adorn yourself, O dear soul,
leave the dark pit of sin,
come into the bright light,
begin to shine gloriously;
for the Lord, full of salvation and grace,

Final Chorale

7. Choral
Jesu, wahres Brot des Lebens,
Hilf, daß ich doch nicht vergebens
Oder mir vielleicht zum Schaden
Sei zu deinem Tisch geladen.
Laß mich durch dies Seelenessen
Deine Liebe recht ermessen,
Daß ich auch, wie itzt auf Erden,
Mög ein Gast im Himmel werden.
7. Chorale
Jesus, true bread of life,
help, so that not in vain
or perhaps even to my harm
I might be invited to Your table.
Grant me, through this food of the soul,
to measure Your love rightly,
that I also, as now here on earth,
may become a guest in heaven.

Source

Vocal parts played on piano

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

BWV 230 - Lobet den Herrn, alle heiden

Recording of spoken text

1. Chor
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden,
und preiset ihn, alle Völker!
Denn seine Gnade und Wahrheit
waltet über uns in Ewigkeit.
Alleluja!
1. Chorus
Praise the Lord, all nations,
and praise Him, all peoples!
For His grace and truth
rules over us for eternity.

Source

Translations ©Pamela Dellal, courtesy of Emmanuel Music Inc.  www.emmanuelmusic.org.