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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083

Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden ("Cancel, highest, my sins"), BWV 1083, is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. The music is based on the Stabat Mater (1736) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Bach's work of the 1740s is classed as a transcription or reworking.[1] The fact it now has its own BWV number is the result of Bach having added an additional harmonic line to the music.

History and text

Bach set a German text based on Psalm 51, one of the penitential psalms. This cantata was composed in ca. 1743/1745.[1]


The cantata is scored for soprano and alto voices, viola, concertante violins, ripieno violins, and basso continuo.[1]


  • American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas. J.S. Bach: Transcriptions of Italian Music. Koch International, 1993.
  • Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock. Scarlatti · Bach · Durante. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1998.
  • Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling. Edition Bachakademie Vol. 73. Hänssler, 1999.
  • Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie. Bach: Psaume 51 d’aprés le Stabat Mater de Pergolesi; Cantate BWV 82 "Ich habe genug". ATMA, 2004.
  • Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink. Bach Edition Vol. 17. Brilliant Classics, 2000.
  • Theatre of Early Music, Daniel Taylor. Stabat Mater. BIS, 2006.



  • history, scoring, sources for text on the Bach Cantatas Website.

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