Bist du bei mir

Bist du bei mir; geh ich mit Freuden
Zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh,
Zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh.

Ach, wie vergnügt wär so mein Ende,
Es drückten deine schönnen Hände mir
Die getreuen Augen zu.
 

If you're with me Translator unknown

If you are near I will be joyful
To greet my rest with peacefulness,
To greet my rest with peacefulness.

Ah, sweetest joy here at my ending,
With loving hands now close mine eyes,
With loving hands now close mine eyes.


This is an aria by the German composer Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. The piece is often mistakenly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach due to its inclusion in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. The aria was part of the Stölzel opera "Diomedes oder die triumphierende Unschuld" that was performed in Bayreuth on Nov. 16, 1718.

 

Contemporary artists that have performed this piece include:

  • Ingrid Kertesi

  • Arleen Auger

  • Natalie Dessay (duet with Rolando Villazón)

    • Featured in the film Joyeux Noël, as the soprano voice for actress Diane Krüger's role Anna Sörensen.

 

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