Composer
BACH,JS
Title
Aria Hark Now the Gentle Flutes in Chorus (BWV206)
Instrumentation
piccolo (or soprano voice), 4 flutes, (optional alto flute or bass flute)
Arranger
Martha Rearick
Publisher
Alry Publications
Grade
2
Product Code
10A21000FC68
Johann Sebastian Bach (JS Bach) (1685 - 1750) parts and score from Cantata BWV 206 flute choir: piccolo (or soprano voice), four flutes (or 3 flutes, alto flute or bass flute)

The title of the cantata from which this aria has been extracted is "Schleicht, spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde." (Flow, playful waves, and murmur softly) The cantata was composed to celebrate the birthday of August III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland from 1733 to 1763. (His birthday was October 17, 1696.) Apropos to the occasion, the four vocal soloists in this secular cantata represent four rivers in the territory governed by August III: the Elbe, which originates in Saxony and flows through Dresden to the North Sea; the Vistula, flowing northward through Poland; the Danube, flowing southest into the Black Sea; and the Pleisse, a small river which winds its way through Liepzig. 

Transcribed by Martha Rearick
English translation of original German text by Robert MacDonald 1986 

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