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Sheet Music: Sheep May Safely Graze

TitleSheep May Safely Graze
from Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd
Alternate titlesSchafe können sicher weiden
Opus numberBWV 208
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute trio
KeyB-flat major
RangeF4–Ab5
Time signature4/4
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time4:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (133 kB) (preview)
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Play-along accompanimentMIDI (17 kB) MP3 (3.4 MB)
Date added2009-06-10
Last updated2009-06-10
CategoriesArias, Baroque, Wedding music

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Wednesday 10 June 2009

Tune of the Day: Sheep May Safely Graze

from J.S. Bach's cantata “Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd”

One of the best loved of Bach's secular cantatas, the Hunt Cantata, BWV 208, was composed in 1713 by Johann Sebastian Bach for the 35th birthday of Prince Christian of Saxen-Weißenfels. Movement 9, Aria 5, Schafe können sicher weiden (“Sheep may safely graze”), is certainly the most familiar part of this cantata.

We propose the original arrangement in B flat major, for soprano with 2 recorders and continuo. You may play the part of the soprano, or one of the two recorders.