The Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), is an oratorio by Johann
Sebastian Bach, Kommt, eilet und laufet (Come, hasten
and run), first performed in Leipzig in 1725.
The first version of the work was completed as a
cantata for Easter Sunday in Leipzig on April 1, 1725,
then under the title Kommt, gehet und eilet. It was
named "oratorio" and given the new title only in a
version revised in 1735.
The "Easter Oratorio" (different from the "Christmas
Oratorio") has no narrator but four characters assigned
to the four voice parts: Simon Peter (tenor) and John
the Apostle (bass), appearing in the first duet
hurrying to Jesus' grave and finding it empty, meeting
there Mary Magdalene (alto) and "the other Mary", Mary
Although originally written for chorus, I arranged this
cantata for Flute and Harp.