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PublisherAssociated Music Publishers Inc
FormatScore and Parts
For soprano, oboe, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass. Chorale Cantata was written in 1994 for Peggy Pearson and Dawn Upshaw, and offers a present-day updating of the type of Lutheran cantata Bach cultivated. Like Bach's sacred cantatas, it is based on a traditional Protestant chorale, in this case Martin Luther's Aus tiefer Not schei'ich zu dir ("From deep despair I cry to you"). This melody appears conspicuously in the first two movements and is subtly woven into the third movement's aria as well. The third movement sets lines by contemporary poet Michael Fried which, while not ecclesiastical, reflect on mortality, a favorite theme of the Lutheran poets with whom Bach collaborated.