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Bekennen will ich seinen Namen (I shall acknowledge His name), "BWV 200, is an arrangement by "Johann Sebastian Bach of the aria "Dein Kreuz, o Bräutgam meiner Seelen" contained in "Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel's passion-oratorio Die leidende und am Kreuz sterbende Liebe.[1] Bach's arrangement, dated around 1742–1743,[2] was possibly part of a cantata for the feast of "Purification of the Virgin Mary.[3]


History and text[edit]

The aria is considered to be a cantata-fragment.[4] It was likely written for the Feast of the "Purification of Mary. The prescribed readings for the day were Malachi 3:1–4, and Luke 2:22–32.[5]

Bach likely performed his arrangement in 1742 in "Leipzig.[5]


The aria is scored for solo "alto voice, two "violins, and "basso continuo.[6] As with many of Bach's latest cantatas, the aria has a "quality of mellow assurance". It is in adapted "ternary form but includes no clear reprise of the opening section. The vocal line includes "melismas but no other "word painting.[7]




  1. ^ Bach Digital Work 0250 at
  2. ^ D-B N. Mus. ms. 307 at
  3. ^ "BWV2a 1998, p. 202
  4. ^ Booklet notes to Hänssler CD 98.858.
  5. ^ a b "Cantata BWV 200 Bekennen will ich seinen Namen". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "BWV 200". University of Alberta. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Mincham, Julian. "Chapter 55 BWV 50, BWV 200, BWV 1045". jsbachcantatas. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 


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