The chorale cantata Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit
(‘What my God wishes, shall be always’) is one of Knüpfer’s most elaborate works. Of the four verses, based on a song, the outer ones are musically closely related to each other and scored for the full ensemble, whereas in the middle verses the vocal parts are reduced from six to three. In the outer movements the chorale melody appears as a cantus fìrmus with imitative features, containing some complex canonic settings; in the middle movements, however, the chorale is treated more freely and with greater variation.
from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel