The cantata Gott, sende dein Licht
(‘God, send your light’) is intended for Epiphany; Heidenreich’s aria verse alludes many times to the biblical story (for example in the metaphor of the star whose light leads the right way). With four voices and five instruments the work possesses a relatively rich scoring; nevertheless the composer succeeds in keeping the musical material transparent. This is created on the one hand through the repeated reduction of the parts, and on the other hand by keeping voices and instruments parallel throughout. The musical motifs chosen by Schelle fit the rhythm of the text perfectly and evoke the impression of a completely natural simplicity. These details show that he was an early advocate of aesthetic principles, which did not become common knowledge in musical practice until long after his death.
from notes by Peter Wollny © 2001
English: Viola Scheffel