Uns ist ein Kind geboren, BWV 142

Uns ist ein Kind geboren ("Unto us a child is born"), is a Christmas cantata which was formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach as his BWV 142, but was most likely composed by his predecessor in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau, around 1720.[1]

Scoring and structure

The cantata is scored for three vocal soloists (alto, tenor and bass), four-part choir, two recorders, two oboes, two violins, viola and basso continuo.[2]

The piece has eight movements:

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Coro: Uns ist ein Kind geboren
  3. Aria (bass): Dein Geburtstag ist erschienen
  4. Coro: Ich will den Namen Gottes loben
  5. Aria (tenor): Jesu, dir sei Dank
  6. Recitativo (alto): Immanuel
  7. Aria (alto): Jesu, dir sei Preis
  8. Coro: Alleluia


  • Alsfelder Vokalensemble / I Febiarmionici, Wolfgang Helbich. The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas II. CPO, 2001.
  • Choir and Orchestra "Pro Arte" Munich, Kurt Redel. J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major & Cantata BWV 142. Philips, 1964.
  • Mannheim Bach Choir / Heidelberger Kammerorchester, Heinz Markus Göttsche. J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 62 & BWV 142. Da Camera, 1966.


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