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I must not forget Bach’s cantata Wachet Auf. This is very much an Advent Part I cantata, drawing on both the parable of the foolish and wise virgins and the imagery from Sunday’s first reading.

Here is the first movement only:

Here is the whole thing:

(I remember singing this with the Bach choir at Keele. The whole is gorgeous, but the chorus soprano part is one of the most boring soprano parts you can get.)

Here is an interesting guide to the cantata:

http://www.timbuckland.id.au/2014/07/19/a-brief-guide-to-cantata-140-wachet-auf-by-bach/

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