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Sheep may safely graze (CB)

Composer
J. S. Bach
Year of composition
1713
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2012
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Concert band / wind band
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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. Written for four soloists (representing Diana, Pales, Endymion and Pan), it is scored for a relatively large orchestra (including flutes (recorders), oboes and horns)

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