Sleepers Wake, The Voices Are Calling

Wachet Auf, Rift Uns Die Stimme, Cantata 140

Johann Sebastian Bach

Arranged by Martin Melicherek III
Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Flute Trio
Instrumentation: C Flute / Alto Flute, C Flute / Alto Flute, Alto Flute / Bass Flute
Item Number: FH0370
Number of Pages: 3
Publisher: Falls House Press
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Cantata 140 is one of Bach's most famous and beloved sacred cantatas. Based on the late-sixteenth-century hymn composed by Phillip Nicolai, Sleepers Wake is the subject of three of the cantata's seven movements. Originally arranged for two altos and bass flute, alternate C flute and alto parts are included as well, allowing for a performance by almost any combination of flutes. It is particularly effective when performed as a choir piece featuring the lower pitched flutes. Sleepers Wake is often associated with Christmas performances, but this well-recognized work can be enjoyed at any occasion.


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Additional Information

Arranger Melicherek III, Martin
Orchestration 2 C Flutes & Alto Flute OR C Flute, Alto Flute & Bass Flute OR 2 Alto Flutes & Bass Flute