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Another wonderful cantata of praise is on today’s menu: BWV 148 – “Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens” (Bring to the Lord the honor due His name).
Bring to the Lord the honor due His name
Worship the Lord in holy splendor. (Ps. 29:2)
Craig Smith describes the brilliant opening chorale:
The vibrant, dense energy of this movement is reminiscent of the celebratory movements in the B-minor Mass and the later secular cantatas. Clearly Bach wants to give the effect of an enormous crowd singing these ringing words.
Revel in the bright sounds of the glorious trumpets, the sounds of voices lifting up God’s praise!
O come, let us worship the Lord!