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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, "BWV 1083, is an arrangement by "Johann Sebastian Bach of "Pergolesi's 1736 Stabat Mater.[1] Bach used a German paraphrase of psalm 51 as text for his composition. The "incipit translates as "Cancel, Highest, my sins".[2] Bach wrote his version in the 1740s, slightly expanding the orchestral material.


History and text[edit]

Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden is a "musical parody of the "Stabat Mater "Giovanni Battista Pergolesi had composed in 1736. It uses a German text based on "Psalm 51.[3][4] The parody version was made c. 1745/1747. A first performance in 1746-1747 in Leipzig has been assumed.[2] Bach's performance of Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, before Pergolesi's work was printed for the first time in 1748, is the earliest demonstrable performance of this music by Pergolesi in Germany.[5]


Bach's version is scored for "soprano and "alto soloists, two concertante "violin parts, two "ripieno violin parts, viola, "violone, violoncello, and "basso continuo.[1] Bach's orchestration is richer than Pergolesi's original. Where in Pergolesi's version the "viola often plays in unison with the "continuo, Bach increases the independence of this instrument, thus creating the "four-part harmony typical of his own style.[6]



  1. ^ a b Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden BWV 1083 at www.bach-digital.de
  2. ^ a b Tilge, Höchester, meine Sünden at www.bach-cantatas.com
  3. ^ Lyrics of Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden at www.bach-digital.de
  4. ^ "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden" at "The LiederNet Archive
  5. ^ Jürgen Heidrich. Protestantische Kirchenmusikanschauung in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts: Studien zur Ideengeschichte "wahrer" Kirchenmusik, p. 65. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2001 "ISBN "9783525279069
  6. ^ Clemens Romijn. Liner notes for Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden BWV 1083 (after Pergolesi's Stabat Mater). "Brilliant Classics, 2000. (2014 reissue: J.S. BACH COMPLETE EDITION. "Liner notes" p. 54)

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