Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten ("If a man
love me, he will keep my words", more literally: "He
who loves me will obey my commands"), BWV 74, is a
church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed
this cantata in his second year in Leipzig for the
first day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday). The prescribed
readings for the feast day were from the Acts of the
Apostles (Acts 2:1–13) and the Gospel of John, part of
the Farewell discourse (John 14:23–31).
This, the bass aria "Ich gehe hin und komme wieder zu
euch" (I go away and come again to you) uses "sequences
of 'treading' quavers in the continuo line" to suggest
a stepping motion. The movement concludes with a long
vocal melisma. The movement is in E minor.
Although originally scored for bass solo voice and
basso continuo, I created this Arrangement for Viola &