Jesu, der du meine Seele (Jesus, Thou who my soul), BWV
78, is a church cantata of Johann Sebastian Bach. He
composed the chorale cantata in Leipzig for the 14th
Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 10
September 1724. It is based on the hymn by Johann
Bach wrote the cantata in his second year in Leipzig,
when he composed an annual cycle of chorale cantatas.
For the 14th Sunday after Trinity, 10 September 1724,
he chose the chorale of Johann Rist (1641) in 12
stanzas. Rist set the words and probably also the
The duet for soprano and alto (Aria Movement 4) speaks
of rushing steps, shown predominantly in the figures of
the continuo of celli, violone and organ. The
recitative begins secco, but ends in an arioso on words
of the original chorale. The aria is accompanied by
flute motifs to express the relief of the heart.
Although this piece was originally written for Flute,
Voice, Cello, Violin and Organ, I arranged it for
Clarinet Trio (2 Bb Clarinets & Bass Clarinet).