1.What was the date and location of the first performance of this cantata, if known?
Cantata is the a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text. Cantata. BWV 15 is now considered to be the compostion of Johann Ludwig (Russell, 1992). It is classified in Anhang III of the BWV (reserved for those works formerly attributed to Bach but now positively identified to be by other composers). A reference for the attribution of this work is Scheide, Bach-Jahrbuch, 1959.
2.What was the original liturgical context of this cantata (i.e. what “festival” was being celebrated on that Sunday)? What were the Gospel and Epistle Readings for that festival? (See this document for help.)
The Sundays after Trinity are abbreviated, for example "Trinity II" for the second Sunday after Trinity. The high holidays Christmas, Easter and Pentecost were celebrated for three days, indicated by numbers for the second and third day, for example "Easter 3" for the third day of Easter (Russell, 1992). Keyboard instruments are only listed for specific solo parts, not as part of the continuo group. The piece was likely composed in Meiningen in 1704 for the first day of Eastertide, known as Easter Sunday. There is some evidence that it may have been performed again under the aegis of Johann Sebastian Bach on 21 April 1726 in Leipzig.
3.Who wrote the text of the cantata and when?
Johann Ludwig Bach has written cantata BWV 15, is a church cantata spuriously attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach but most likely composed by Johann Ludwig Bach. The piece was initially thought to be an early work of Johann Sebastian Bach. However, Bach scholars reattributed the piece to his cousin, Johann Ludwig Bach (Cantata, 2014).
4.What theological concepts are expressed in the text? Can you find connections between the cantata text, the Gospel and Epistle Readings for the day, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Small Catechism or The Large Catechism by Martin Luther, a sermon of Luther's, or some other form of theological writing?
In BWV 15 Gospel is originally not an artistic product, but the message of salvation which has brought Jesus Christ as the eschatological bearer of good news of God and the early Church, according to the post-Easter situation now as the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the crucified, and risen, to the side of God increased Messiah and the Lord understands. Mark has certainly created the literary genre gospel and he has filled so that the word gospel with the idea of a historical chronicles representation of the appearance and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth again. The gospel-term with its distinctive aura has never quite lost yet. He always included the right to be evangelizing. The Gospels are religious writings. Nothing else would the Johannine works, as Jn 20:30-31 is emphasized.
Also, the synoptic gospels never represented only a biographical interest. Now, if the claim of history in John's Gospel after the proclamation of faith and the formulation of a theology quite strongly recedes, then this ...