"Uns ist ein Kind geboren" ("Unto us a child is born"),
is a Christmas cantata which was formerly attributed to
Johann Sebastian Bach as his BWV 142, but was most
likely composed by his predecessor in Leipzig, Johann
Kuhnau, around 1720.
Johann Kuhnau (1660 1722) was a German composer,
organist and harpsichordist. He was the predecessor of
Johann Sebastian Bach as Thomaskantor in Leipzig from
1701 to 1722. Kuhnau was born in Geising, present-day
Saxony. He grew up in a religious Lutheran family. At
age nine, he auditioned successfully for the
Kreuzschule in Dresden. He sang in the Dresdner
Kreuzchor and studied with Hering and Bental, later
with Vincenzo Albrici.
The Tenor Aria: "Jesu, dir sei Dank" (Jesus, thank you)
is the 5th of eight movements and and although
originally scored for three soloists (alto, tenor and
bass, four-part choir, two recorders, two oboes, two
violins, viola and basso continuo), I created this
arrangement for Woodwind Quartet (Flute, English Horn,
Bb Clarinet & Bassoon).