Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) was better known as
a virtuoso organist than as a composer in his day. His
sacred music, organ and choral works, and other
instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming
freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach's use of
counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the
immense complexities of his compositional style --
which often included religious and numerological
symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a
profound puzzle of special codes -- still amaze
musicians today. Many consider him the greatest
composer of all time.
Vergnügte Pleißenstadt ("Who doth his joy in thy great
splendour take"), BWV 216, is a secular cantata
composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach composed this
cantata for the wedding of Johann Heinrich Wolff and
Susanna Regina Hempel. The work was first performed in
Leipzig on 5 February 1728.
Although originally created as an Aria (No. 5) for
Soprano & Alto, I created this arrangement of "Heil und
Segen" ("Peace & Blessings") for Flute & Oboe.