Something of an oddity, the single movement cantata BWV
53 is now considered of uncertain provenance and it has
been suggested that the work may be by G.M. Hoffman
(thought also to be responsible for BWV 189). The work
remains in Anhang II of the BWV (reserved for those
works whose attribution is still uncertain). Listening
to the cantata, some of its thematic material is
suggestive of Bach but the accompanying bells would be
unique amongst Bach's surviving output!
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, BWV 53, is an funeral
cantata aria, composed for contralto Georg Melchior
Hoffmann in around 1730 in Leipzig. The instrumentation
was originally written for two violins, viola,
glockenspiel, bass and contralto solo.
Please note that I took creative license with this
piece and as such, it may not appeal to all listeners
(musically, spiritually or emotionally). I do not
intend to offend anyone so I will apologize up front!