Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Clarinet & Keyboard

By: J.S. Bach arranged by Keith Terrett
For: Solo Clarinet in Bb + piano
page one of Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Clarinet & Keyboard

Buy this score and parts

Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Clarinet & Keyboard



from $1.50

(+ VAT when applicable)

Preview individual parts:

PDF icon

Instant download

You are purchasing high quality sheet music PDF files suitable for printing or viewing on digital devices.
J.S. Bach arranged by Keith Terrett
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
License details
For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

Arioso by J.S. Bach arranged for Bb Clarinet & Keyboard.

Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I am standing with one foot in the grave), BWV 156, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in Leipzig for the third Sunday after Epiphany and first performed it on 23 January 1729. The cantata is well known for its opening sinfonia for orchestra and oboe solo.

BWV 156 was Bach's fourth and last cantata for the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The prescribed readings for the Sunday were taken from the Epistle to the Romans, rules for life (Romans 12:17–21), and from the Gospel of Matthew, the healing of a leper (Matthew 8:1–13). The librettist was Picander. He incorporated two chorale tunes: "Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt" by Johann Hermann Schein (1628) and "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" by Kaspar Bienemann (1582).

The sinfonia was likely derived from an earlier oboe concerto and was later adapted as part of Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in F minor.[1] The term arioso, which in Italian literally means ‛airy’, designates a style of solo opera singing between recitative and aria. Arguably the famous arioso ever composed, today’s piece serves as the opening sinfonia of cantata BWV 156 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Scoring and structure:

The work is scored for three vocal soloists (alto, tenor, and bass), four-part choir, oboe, two violins, viola, and basso continuo. It has six movements:

Sinfonia Chorale (soprano) and aria (tenor): Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe Recitative (bass): Mein Angst und Not Aria (alto): Herr, was du willt, soll mir gefallen Recitative (bass): Und willst du, dass ich nicht soll kranken Chorale: Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir


The opening sinfonia is scored for oboe, strings, and continuo. It is in F major and common time.[1] Compared to the later version for harpsichord, the melody is straightforward and unembellished, and is harmonically conceived to prepare the second movement.

The second movement is a combined tenor aria and soprano chorale with obbligato strings. Unusually, it begins with a syncopated continuo line under unison strings. The movement also features sequences and harmonic contrasts.

Both bass recitatives are secco and in minor mode. The first, the third movement of the cantata, is characterized by a disjunct melodic line and a concluding arioso line. The second, the fifth movement, is comparatively "lighter in mood and spirit".[4] It anticipates the melody of the final chorale setting.

The alto aria is accompanied by oboe and violin in parallel thirds and sixths. The movement includes several instances of word painting. Formally, the movement is an altered da capo aria. It has a "generally sunny affect … only momentarily disturbed by more charged harmonies".

The final movement is a four-part setting of the chorale in C major. The phrase lengths are varied to provide a "hint of timelessness".


American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas. J. S. Bach: Cantatas Volume II. Koch International Classics, 1992. Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman. J. S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 20. Antoine Marchand, 2003. Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki. J. S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 49. BIS, 2010. Figuralchor der Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling. Die Bach Kantate. Hänssler, 1973. Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink. Bach Edition Vol. 11. Brilliant Classics, 1999. Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner. J. S. Bach: Cantatas for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. Archiv Produktion, 2000. Notes

To purchase this score, please add it to your cart above. To purchase music not currently available on Score Exchange or for extended license requests, please contact the publisher directly.
Salut d'Amour Loves Greeting Opus 12 for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Moonlight Serenade for Solo Bb Clarinet & Piano (Pro version), Rondo Alla Turca for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Tin Roof Blues (Rusty Nail Blues) for Clarinet Quintet ''Jazz for 5 Wind Series'', Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Clarinet Quartet, Bollywood Tango for Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet & Keyboard, Jazz it up:When the Saint’s Go Marching In for Bb Clarinet & Piano (low version), Gollidoll’s Cake-Walk for Clarinet Sextet, Eternal Father Strong, to Save (Naval hymn) for Oboe Consort, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Clarinet Choir, Four Early Jazz Classics from the USA! for Clarinet Quintet, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Wind Quintet, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Bass Clarinet & Harpsichord, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Echo for Clarinet Octet, A Serenade for Clarinet Quintet, O Mio Babbino Caro for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Amazing Grace for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Fugue on B-a-c-h for Wind Quintet, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for two Bb Clarinets & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Fürchtenmachen for Clarinet Choir, Be Thou My Vision (Hymn Tune: Slane) for Clarinet Quintet, Amazing Grace for Clarinet Quintet +, English National Anthem (Did Those Feet in Ancient Times) for Clarinet Quintet, Czardas for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Czardas for Bb Clarinet & Pianoforte, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Two Bb Clarinets & Piano, Two Arias for Clarinet Quintet, Jazz it up:When the Saints Go Marching In for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Battle Hymn of the Republic ’’Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory’’ for Clarinet Quintet, Träumerei for Solo Clarinet & Piano, Berceuse (Opus 16) for Bb Clarinet & Harp (Piano), Battle Hymn of the Republic for Flexible Band Grade 5/6 ish and Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Clarinet Choir

Reviews of Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Bb Clarinet & Keyboard

Sorry, there's no reviews of this score yet. Please .