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Sheet Music: Bist du bei mir

TitleBist du bei mir
Alternate titlesIf Thou Art Near
Opus numberBWV 508
ComposerGottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690–1749)
Also attributed toJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyE-flat major
RangeD4–Ab5
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time2:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (59 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (3 kB) MP3 (1.5 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (1.5 MB)
Date added2009-04-05
Last updated2009-05-14
CategoriesArias, Baroque, Wedding music

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Sunday 5 April 2009

Tune of the Day: Bist du bei mir

by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel

This piece is often mistakenly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach due to its inclusion in the famous Notebook for Anna Magdalena, but the aria was actually part of the Stölzel opera Diomedes oder die triumphierende Unschuld (1718), whose score is now lost.

With its infinitely sweet melody, “Bist du bei mir” has recently become a very popular choice for wedding ceremonies and other such occasions.