Der Himmel Lacht! Die Erde Jubilieret BWV 31 (The Heavens laugh, the earth exults in gladness) BWV 31
Cantata for the 1st Easter Day
- Performance material (BA10031), vocal score (BA10031-90) and study score (TP1031) available for sale
The text, by Salomon Franck who was the librettist of some of Bach's the best-known cantatas, is closely linked to the account of Easter and recalls the jubilation at the resurrection of Jesus.
Bärenreiter's editions of Bach Cantatas offer the authoritative text of the New Bach Edition meeting Bärenreiter Urtext standards. No group of works in Johann Sebastian Bach’s output is as wide-ranging as the cantatas. This is hardly surprising considering that for over five years Bach was required to compose a work, or at least re-work an existing one, for every Sunday and festival of the church year, as well as for numerous secular occasions such as council inaugurations, school and university celebrations and royal birthdays.
Unfortunately, not all cantatas have survived. However, over 200 sacred and secular works exist and form a corpus of works suitable for all possible occasions. This rich musical heritage is still as relevant today as it was then.