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Secular cantatas include the light-hearted Coffee Cantata , BWV 211 (a father’s attempt to stem his daughter’s addiction to the fashionable drink), the Peasant Cantata , BWV 212 (in honour of a newly appointed official), and two wedding cantatas, Weichet nur , BWV 202, and O holder Tag , BWV 210. Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd , BWV 208, was written in 1713 to celebrate the birthday of the hunting Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels and later reworked for the name day of August III, King of Saxony, in the 1740s. The Italian Non sa che sia dolore , BWV 209, apparently marked the departure of a scholar or friend from Leipzig.

The Agnus Dei is one of Bach’s last creations, derived from music he had used twice before, in 1725 and 1735, with different texts. He was clearly pleased with the highly effective aria, and in 1749 he refined it a final time for insertion into the concluding portion of the B-Minor Mass. Time was running out. The cataracts that had plagued his eyesight for some time were rapidly advancing, and the Agnus Dei was one of the last pieces he completed before submitting to the eye operations that led to his death. Bach normally expanded music when he revised it for further use, but in this unusual case he shortened the original, distilling its emotional and musical essence and creating a new, intensified version of the piece. He had less than a year to live.

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