Schleicht, spielende Wellen (Glide, O sparkling waves
and murmur softly), BWV 206,[a] is a secular cantata
composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig and first
performed on 7 October 1736.
Bach composed this cantata for the birthday of Augustus
III of Poland. It was first performed in Leipzig on 7
October 1736. A second performance took place on 3
August 1740. The librettist of the work is unknown, but
was likely Picander.
The cantata features four vocal parts: Pleiße
(soprano), Donau (alto), Elbe (tenor), and Weichsel
(bass). It is also scored for four-part choir, three
trumpets, timpani, three flutes, two oboes, two oboes
d'amore, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.
I created this arrangement of the opening Chorus:
"Schleicht, spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde!"
(Glide, playful waves, and murmur softly!) for Small
Orchestra (Piccolo Trumpet, Bb Trumpet, Flugelhorn,
Flutes, Oboes, Bb Clarinets, French Horn, Bassoon,
Timpani, 2 Violins, Viola & Cello).