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Stand firm against sin

As we learn from the musical prodigy, Glenn Gould, Bach entitled this cantata “Stand firm against sin”. In this piece, he uses musical ideas Gould characterizes as a “wonderful and tortuous art of cross-relation and suspension” which “Bach always reserved for those subjects on which he felt most keenly, most deeply.”

This is Bach’s Cantata No.54, “Widerstehe doch der Sunde”, performed in 1962.

Stand firm against sin,
otherwise its poison seizes hold of you.
Do not let Satan blind you
for to desecrate the honor of God
meets with a curse, which leads to death.

 

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