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.
Reißt euch los, bedrängte Sinnen ("You are torn loose,
afflicted sinners"), BWV 224, is a cantata by Johann
Sebastian Bach. He composed it in Leipzig in 1724 for
an unknown occasion. The author of the text is unknown
and there are only 30 measures of aria for soprano
extant, copied by CPE Bach.
This is all that exists of the score (recovered by CPE
Although originally created as a Soprano Aria, I
created this arrangement for Solo Viola.