Johann Sebastian Bach composed the Cantata: "Halt im
Gedächtnis Jesum Christ" (Keep Jesus Christ in mind),
BWV 67, in his first year in Leipzig, at the time he
first performed his St John Passion. Although
originally written to celebrate the First Sunday after
Easter, it is especially fitting in these times and all
This opening chorus reflects the contrast of hope and
resurrection versus simultaneous remembrance and doubt.
The chorus begins with an instrumental sinfonia, the
horn introducing a theme representing remembrance in a
melody which resembles the choral tune of "O Lamm
Gottes, unschuldig" which Bach would later use as a
cantus firmus in the opening movement of his St Matthew
Passion. Here he alludes to the idea that Jesus
suffered innocently for the "sins of the world" before
he rose again.
Although originally scored for three vocal soloists
(alto, tenor, and bass), a four-part choir, corno da
tirarsi, a slide horn that Bach scored for a short
period, flauto traverso, two oboes d'amore, two
violins, viola and basso continuo, I created this
arrangement of the opening chorus using all modern
instruments (Bb Trumpet, Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet,
French Horn, Bassoon, Violins, Viola & Cello).