BWV 36c Schwingt freudig euch empor
Birthday Cantata for a teacher
Poet perhaps Picander; original format for BWV 36a (so Dürr, p. 46);
April or May? 1725, Leipzig; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 Parody ---> BWV 36b and 1, 3, 5, 7 Parody ---> BWV 36.
BG 7, Anhang, and 34; NBA I/39.
1. Chorus (S, A, T, B)
With gladness rise aloft, unto the stars press onward,
2. Recit. (T)
A heart that's filled with soft affections,
3. Aria (T)
Love's force doth guide with gentle paces
Where others to excess are yielding,
4. Recit. (B)
Thou art, indeed, O much deserving Sir,
5. Aria (B)
The day that thee long hence did bear
6. Recit. (S)
Just this one thing doth worry us:
7. Aria (S)
E'en with our muted, feeble voices
Although the joy which we here feel
But partly know itself to tell.
8. Recit (T)
In such delightful joyful moments
9. Chorus (S, A, T, B) and Recit. (T, B, S)
As the years find their renewal
For this will of itself come true,
And since indeed thy fame,
Which our own Helicon knoweth best,
Is seen as well in other climes?
Thy deserts' full proclamation
And show thereby to thee
Our gratitude though not within our mouths
Is all the more within our hearts expressed.
This thy life's most holy shrine
Then every limb doth in the pleasure share;
The eye extends beyond its wonted limits
And sees thy coming happy fate.
As the years find their renewal,
1. The tenor refers to the chorus as Muses or children of Muses, the express roll of the chorus in BWV 36b/1.
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