Gib dich zufrieden

Johann Sebastian Bach

Gib dich zufrieden in G minor

BWV511

About this work

Based on the hymn "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille" (Fret not, my soul, on God rely), by Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), this song for voice and continuo appears in at least two versions. Compared to the version in hymn-book edited by Georg Christian Schemelli, the melody in the Clavier-Büchlein for Anna Magdalena Bach is simpler. Like the other vocal entries in this collection dedicated to his wife, this song exemplifies Bach's profound belief that music can console the despairing soul.

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