Cantata ''Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'', BWV. 56

Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (I will the cross-staff gladly carry), BWV. 56, is a cantata by J.S. Bach, written for the 19th Sunday after Trinity Sunday and first performed it on 27 October 1726. The original score has Bach's handwritten comment "Cantata à Voce Sola e Stromenti" (Cantata for solo voice and instruments). This is one of the few examples in which Bach himself uses the term cantata. The cantata is scored for bass, a four-part choir, two oboes, taille or oboe da caccia, two violins, viola, cello, and basso continuo. Except for the obbligato oboe in movement 3, the three oboes double the violins and viola colla parte.

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