Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164

You, who do you call yourselves from Christ, BWV 164, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, written in Leipzig in 1725 for the 13th Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 1725th

History and Text

Bach wrote the cantata in his third year in Leipzig for the 13th Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 1725th He set to music a cantata text, the Salomon Franck had already published in 1915 in Weimar Evangelical devotional Opffer. Similarly, it was previously in Tue bill! Donnerwort, BWV 168 procedures.

The prescribed readings are from 3.15 to 22 Gal LUT and LUT Lk 10.23 to 37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. The charity is in this cantata as a dominant theme while in the texts of the two previous years, you shall the Lord thy God, and love alone, to you, Lord Jesus Christ, the equivalence of God and love of neighbor is emphasized. The final chorale is the fifth and final stanza of Lord Christ, the son of Elizabeth Creutziger agree Gotts ( 1524).

Instrumentation and structure

As in some other cantatas to texts by Franck cantata is busy chamber music, only the final chorale is in four parts. With four soloists, soprano, alto, tenor and bass, music, two flutes, two oboes, two violins, viola, and basso continuo.


The music for four soloists is essentially chamber music. The shape of the three arias diverges from the usual da capo aria from. In the tenor aria singing voice and strings develop the same thematic material in the form ABA 'B'. In the alto aria, accompanied by sighing motifs of the flutes, the first, but modified the second part is not repeated, AB B '. In the duet Bach formed a quartet of voices, unison playing high instruments and continuo. The text is presented in three sections and summarized in a fourth, which takes up the first again. The final chorale is a simple four-part set.