Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37 by Johann Sebastian Bach

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''', is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, a church cantata for the feast of the Ascension. He composed it in Leipzig and first performed it on 18 May 1724.

The work is Bach's first cantata composition for the feast of the Ascension. Surprisingly for a high feast day, it is modestly scored; only two oboes d'amore add to the sound of the regular stings and basso continuo, accompanying four vocal parts. An anonymous poet derived thoughts from the prescribed Gospel, even quoting a verse, but excluded the Ascension itself and concentrated on the Lutheran idea of justification by faith alone. The poet structured the six movements of the cantata in two parts, each concluded by a chorale.

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