“Sleepers, Wake!” [J.S. Bach, BWV 140/4]

Here’s a video of me playing trumpet with an instrumental ensemble at church.

We played part of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140), commonly known as Sleepers Wake.  The church cantata is based upon Philipp Nicolai’s 1599 hymn Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, which is about the parable of the Ten Virgins.

The English coral lyrics to this movement, sung to the tune of the trumpet line, are as follows:

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
Her heart within for joy is dancing,
She watches and makes haste to rise.
Her friend comes from heaven glorious,
In mercy strong, in truth most mighty,
Her light is bright, her star doth rise.
Now come, thou precious crown,
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son!
Hosannah pray!
We follow all
To joy’s glad hall
And join therein the evening meal.

I enjoyed performing this with a group of talented musicians.

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