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Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Motet
BWV 226

by J. S. Bach

Arranged for SATB-SATB Recorders


by Peter Billam

Peter J Billam, 2006


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Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

Johann Sebastian Bach has bequeathed us six motets. They were first published in 1803
by Breitkopf u. Hrtel in an edition by Schicht, the Thomaskantor at the time. The
manuscripts of two of them survive, including that of Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit
auf, and its parts are marked Motette bei Beerdigung des seel. Professoris und Rectoris
Ernesti, who died in October 1729. In the score a figured bass for organ is written out,
and the first choir is to be supported by strings, and the second by oboes, taille (coranglais, roughly) and bassoon.
Several of the expressive motifs that Schweizer discusses make an appearance, for
example the step-motif in denn er vertritt (e.g. in the alto at bar 178) and the Joy-motif of
Heiligen (e.g. in the tenor at 180).
This edition makes the motet available for recorders. The words are mostly omitted, but
the ends of phrases, where breaths would usually be taken, have been indicated with
breath-marks. Some implied legato has been made explicit with slurs, though choirs do
not always sing legato in extended passages on one vowel. In general, quavers joined by
beams should be slurred together, according to the conventional notation of vocal music.
In the first movement the quavers Bb-A-Bb occur frequently; there is an alternative
fingering on the C-recorders which might be useful, using half the right ring-finger, and
the A played with the middle finger. The Allabreve, in order to retain rhythmic vitality,
needs clear articulation of its phrases.
The thrilling, jubilant eight-voice counterpoint of the first movement gradually merges to
four-voice counterpoint during the course of the motet. The basses unite in bars 132, the
tenors in bar 134, the altos in 136 and the the sopranos finally in the Allabreve, bar 146.
This complicates the distribution of Parts:
Soprano and Alto of choir 1 need pages 19-24, 25-27
Tenor and Bass of choir 1 need pages 19-24, 34-36
Soprano and Alto of choir 2 need pages 28-33, 25-27
Tenor and Bass of choir 2 need pages 28-33, 34-36

Peter J Billam
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J. S. Bach, BWV226

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

1. Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf


5

tr

3
8
3
8
3
8
8

3
8
Der

Geist

hilft,

Der

Geist

hilft

unser

Schwachheit

3
8

tr

3
8

,
3
8

3
8

10

auf,

15
,

tr

tr

,
,
8

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

20
tr

,
,
,

25

30

,
,
,

,
,
,

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

35

8
tr

tr

40

45

denn

wir

wis

sen

nicht, was wir be

ten

sollen

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

50

,
,

55

60

,
wie sichs ge bh

ret,

,
,

,
,
8

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

70

65

der

Geist

hilft

un

ser

tr

tr

75

tr

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

80

tr

tr

85

90

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

100

95

denn

wir

wis

sen

nicht, was wir be

ten

sollen

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,
,
,
,

,
,

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wie sichs ge bh

ret,

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10

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

110

115

tr

120
,

,
,
,

,
,

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11

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

125

4
4

,
4
4

,
4
4
8

4
4
son dern

der

Geist selbst

vertritt

uns

aufs

beste

mit

un

aus

4
4
4
4
4
4
8

4
4

130

sprechlichen

Seufzen,

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12

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

tr

tr

135

,
8

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13

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

140

145

tr

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

2. Allabreve: Der aber die Herzen forschet


150

2
2
2
2

,
2
2

tr

2
2
Der

ber die

Her zen

for schet, der

155

wei,

des Geistes

tr

Sinn

tr

,
tr

was

sei,

160

tr

tr

tr

165
,

170

,
,
8

tr

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,

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15

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

175

,
,

tr

tr

tr

180

,
denn er ver tritt

die

Hei

185

,
,

li gen,

190

195
,

,
,
8

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16

Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

200

tr

,
,
8

205

,
,
tr

210

tr

tr

,
,

215

,
,

,
8

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

, 220

225
,

, 230

,
,

tr

235

tr

,
,

tr

240

nach dem,

das

Gott

ge fl

let.

,
8

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Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf, J. S. Bach, BWV226

3. Choral: Du heilige Brunst


8

4
4
4
4
Du

hei

li ge

Brunst,

s er

Trost,

nun

hilf uns, frhlich

und getrost,

in

4
4
8

4
4

255

250

deinem Dienst be stn dig blei

ben,

die

Trbsal

uns nicht ab trei

ben,

260

Herr, durch dein Kraft, uns bereit und strk desFleisches Bldigkeit, da wir hir rit

ter lich rin gen,

durch

265

Tod und

Le

ben zu

dir

drin

gen, Hal le

lu

ja,

Hal le

lu

ja.

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19

Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf


1. Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf
5

tr

3
8
3
8
3
8
8

3
8
Der

Geist

hilft,

Der

hilft

10

unser

Schwachheit

15

Geist

,
,

tr

auf,

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tr

,
,
,

25

30

,
,
8

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20

Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

35

40

tr

45

denn

wir

wis

sen

nicht, was wir be

ten

sollen

50

,
,

55

60

,
,

wie sichs ge bh

ret,

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Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

70

65

der

Geist

hilft

un

ser

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80

tr

85

90

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22

Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

100

95

105

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,
,
,

110

115

tr

120
,

,
8

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23

Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

125

4
4

,
4
4

,
4
4
8

4
4
son dern

der

Geist selbst

vertritt

uns

aufs

beste

mit

un

aus

130

sprechlichen

Seufzen,

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24

Choir 1 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

135

140

145

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Soprano and Alto part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

25

2. Allabreve: Der aber die Herzen forschet


150

2
2
2
2
Der

ber die

Her zen

for schet, der

155

wei,

was

des Geistes

Sinn

tr

tr

sei,

160

tr

tr

165
,

170

,
,

,
,

175

tr

tr

180

185

,
,

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26

Soprano and Alto part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

190

195
,

200

tr

205

210

tr

215

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,

tr

, 220

225
,

,
,

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,

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27

Soprano and Alto part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

235

tr

240

nach dem,

das

Gott

ge fl

let.

3. Choral: Du heilige Brunst


8

4
4
4
4
Du

hei

li

ge

Brunst,

s er

Trost,

nun

hilf

uns,

frhlich

250

und getrost,

in

deinem

Dienst be

stn dig

blei

ben,

die

Trbsal

uns

nicht

255

ab trei

ben,

Herr,

durch dein

Kraft,

uns bereit

ter lich

rin

gen,

ja,

und

strk des

Fleisches

Tod und

Le

260

Bldigkeit,

da

wir

hir

rit

durch

265

ben

zu

dir

drin

gen, Hal le

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lu

Hal

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lu

ja.

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Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf


1. Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf
5

3
8

tr

3
8

,
3
8

3
8
Der

,,

Geist

hilft, Der

Geist

hilft

unser

Schwachheit

15

10

tr

,
,
,

8
auf,

20

25

30

,
,
8

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29

Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

35

8
tr

40

45
denn

denn

wir

wis

sen

50

nicht, was wir

be

ten

sollen

55

60

,
,
8

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30

Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

65

70

tr

tr

75

80

tr

85

90

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Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

95

denn

wir

wis

sen

100

nicht, was wir be ten

sollen

105

,
,
,
wie sichs ge bh

115

110

ret,

120

,
,
,

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Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

125

4
4
son

dern

der

4
4
4
4
8

4
4

Geist selbst vertritt uns

aufs

beste

mit un aus

130

sprechlichen Seufzen,

tr

tr

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Choir 2 part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

135

140

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34

Tenor and Bass part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf
2. Allabreve: Der aber die Herzen forschet

150

2
2
8

tr

2
2
Der

ber die

Her zen

155

tr

for schet, der

wei,

was

des Geistes

Sinn

sei,

160

tr

165

175
,

tr

denn er ver tritt

die

185
,

180

170

tr

Hei

li gen,

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Tenor and Bass part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

190

,
,

195
,

200

205

tr

210

,
,

215

220

225

, 230

,
8

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Tenor and Bass part, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf

235

tr

240

3. Choral: Du heilige Brunst


4
4
8

4
4
Du

hei

li

ge

Brunst,

s er

Trost,

blei

ben,

nun

hilf

uns,

frhlich

250
8
und getrost,

in

deinem Dienst be stn dig

die

Trbsal

uns

nicht

255

8
ab trei

ben,

Herr, durch dein

Kraft,

uns

bereit

und

strk des

Fleisches

durch

Tod und

Le

260

8
Bldigkeit,

da

wir

hir

rit

ter lich

rin

gen,

ja,

265

ben

zu

dir

drin

gen, Hal le

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lu

Hal

le

lu

ja.

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Peter Billam was born in London in 1948, studied piano, and lived in Switzerland from 1973 to
1983, where he studied composition, classical guitar, flute and voice, worked as Musical Director
of the Thtre Populaire Romand, and as recording engineer, record producer and computer
programmer. He moved to Tasmania in 1983, lectured in composition at the Conservatorium,
conducted recorder ensembles and choirs, studied recorder, voice and harpsichord. He founded
www.pjb.com.au, becoming the first composer to sell scores on-line, with on-line delivery,
taking scores from Composer to Performer in one immediate step. Www.pjb.com.au offers a new
approach to music publishing. These pieces are written to be read, made to be played !
Compositions at www.pjb.com.au include: Five Short Pieces, guitar, 1979; Divisions on an Italian
Ground, flute and guitar, 1980; De Profundis and Nacht, on poems by Lama Anagarika Govinda, voice and
piano, 1980; Fnf Bagatellen, piano, 1980; Five Rounds, choir, 1986; Go Forth and Multiply, choir, 1986;
Three Violin Duets, 1987; Fable, for piano, 1987; To Erich Jantsch, SAATTB recorders, 1988; A Suite of
Curves, trombone (or horn) and piano, 1990; Two Recorder Duets, alto recorders, or other melody
instruments, 1991; Trombone Quintet, trombone, flute, piano, bass, and percussion, 1994; Three Songs, on
poems by Jack Kerouac, Vikram Seth and Dylan Thomas, voice and piano (only the first and third of these are
available), 1994; Piano Study, piano, 1994; Four Dances, various ensembles including recorder quartet,
string quartet, 1995; The Poet in the Clouds, on a poem by S. T. Coleridge, SATB choir, 1995; Tres Casidas
del Divn del Tamarit, on poems by Federico Garca Lorca, voice and piano, 1997; Three Suites, for the
solo line, piano, and piano and a solo line, 2000; Die Zeiten, on poems by Kstner, Bachman and Jnger,
choir (only the second and third of these are available), 2000; Three Duets for flutes, 2001; For Four Hands for
piano four hands, 2002; Three Preludes for piano, 2003; Second Solo Suite for flute, violin, viola or cello,
2003; Guitar Duet for two guitars, 2006; We Who Mourn for choir, 2007; Trio With Guitar for guitar and
two clarinets or two recorders or two violas, 2008; Canons for two- and four-hand piano, 2009; Flute Trio,
2012; Keyboard Studies, 2013.
Arrangements include: By J. S. Bach: Trio BWV 655, piano and flute; Vor deinen Thron BWV 668,
piano; Fugue in F minor BWV 689, SATB recorders; Four Duets BWV 802-5, keyboard; Flute Sonata BWV
1031 transposed into G major for alto recorder and keyboard; Flute Sonata BWV 1032 completed by Peter
Billam for flute and keyboard, also in C major for alto recorder, and in G major for descant; Ricercare a 3,
from the Musikalisches Opfer for keyboard; Ricercare a 6, for sSATBG recorders, or strings, or two
keyboards; Fuga Canonica in Epidiapente for keyboard and melody instrument; from the Art of Fugue:
Contrapuncti 1, 4 and 9 for keyboard, and Contrapunctus 14 as completed by D. F. Tovey, for keyboard, or
for SATB recorders, or for strings; Passacaglia and Fugue in c for piano four hands; Chorales with Descant
for melody instrument and piano; Cello Suites I, II and III for flute or alto recorder, Forty Chorales for
piano, Der Geist hilft for SATB-SATB recorders. By Johannes Brahms: Fugue in Ab minor for organ, for
SATB recorders and gamba, in A minor; Choralvorspiele for organ plus settings by Isaac, Bach, Praetorius,
recorders. John Carr, Divisions on an Italian Ground, flute or recorder and guitar. By G. F. Hndel:
Concerto Grosso in A minor op 6 no 4, harpsichord and recorders; Recorder Sonata in Bb no 5, in G for
tenor recorder and keyboard. Claudio Monteverdi, Ecco Mormorar lOnde, SSATB recorders. By Arnold
Schoenberg: Verklrte Nacht for piano. By Franz Schubert: Four Songs, voice and guitar; Dances,
recorders and guitar, Dances, piano 4 hands. Scriabin, Two Preludes op.67; Five Preludes op.74, piano.
Telemann, Twelve Flute Fantasias, recorder. John Wilbye, Draw on sweet Night, SSATTB recorders, and
for flute choir. Twelve Italian Songs, voice and guitar; Fourteen Folk Dance Tunes, recorder and guitar;
Bushband Dances, violin, piano accordeon and banjo; Easy Classical Pieces, Bb trumpet and piano.
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