The lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208

Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd  (The lively hunt is all my heart's desire), BWV 208, also known as the Hunting Cantata, is a secular cantata composed for the 31st birthday of Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels on 23 February 1713 by Johann Sebastian Bach. The aria "Schafe können sicher weiden" ("Sheep May Safely Graze"), is the most known part of this work. A  typical performance of the complete cantata lasts about forty minutes.


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Sheet Music The lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208 - Complete Score
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Sheet Music The lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208 - Complete Score (Trumpet and Organ arr. - Rondeau)
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RecordingThe lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208 - Sheep May Safely Graze
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RecordingThe lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208 - Sheep May Safely Graze (Piano solo arr.)
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RecordingThe lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208 - Sheep May Safely Graze (Trumpet and organ arr. - Rondeau)
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The lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208
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The lively hunt is all my heart's desire, BWV 208
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