Sleepers, Awake!

Baroque, Classical
Possibly Bach’s most famous chorale.
Bach, J.S.
6x Bb Cl., Bb Cl./Eb Alto Cl., 2x Bb Bass (+opt. Eb Cl., Bb Contrabass Cl.)
4 minutes
3, 4, 5



“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Awake, calls the voice to us) is possibly Johann Sebastian Bach’s most famous church cantata. He composed the chorale cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November 1731. It is said that Bach only ever performed this cantata once in his lifetime.

The basis of this arrangement is and arrangement originally written for Trinity Saxes, and then adapted for the National Youth Wind Orchestra Sax Ensemble by Tom Bruton. That arrangement has been adapted for The Bournville Clarinet Choir by its musical director Nigel Wood.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Standard parts
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2
Clarinet in Bb 3
Clarinet in Bb 4
Clarinet in Bb 5
Clarinet in Bb 6
Clarinet in Bb 7 (alternative to Alto Clarinet in Eb)
Bass Clarinet in Bb 1
Bass Clarinet in Bb 2

Alternative & optional parts
Clarinet in Eb (optional)
Alto Clarinet in Eb (alternative to Clarinet in Bb 7)
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb (optional)

“Sleepers, Awake!” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.


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