Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir (Lord God, we praise Thee all of us) BWV 130
Cantata for the Feast of St. Michael
Composed for Michaelmas, 1724, Bach's cantata "Herr Gott dich loben alle wir" belongs to the cycle of chorale cantatas which uses a hymn, as perhaps various preachers also did, to interptet the ideas of the Biblical texts. The hymn used here, composed by Paul Eber in 1554, has twelve stanzas. Texts for two recitatives and two arias were written to go with each of stanzas 2 to 10. Bach used the first stanza as a processional, and the last two stanzas were made into a concluding chorale with the original text.
- Urtext of the New Bach Edition