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Published on Oct 28, 2012
Recorded by Timothy Moke Trumpet and Georg Masanz Organ in Kirchdorf, Switzerland, 2001. Bach 239 C trumpet, 25A.
Sheep May Safely Graze (J S Bach)
There are just over twenty secular cantatas in Bach's prolific output, which include The Coffee Cantata (No 211), The Wedding Cantata (No 202), Phoebus and Pan (No 201) and the Hunt Cantata (No 208) which contains the famous aria Sheep May Safely Graze.
Written in 1713, early in Bach's tenure at Weimar, the Hunt Cantata was composed to for a celebration in Weissenfels of the birthday of Duke Christian of Sachsen-Weißenfels and later reworked and performed at other similar birthday celebrations and on namedays.