Bach wrote his cantata 29, Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (We thank you, God, we thank you) for the inauguration of the newly appointed town council in Leipzig in 1731. This is one of the few sacred cantatas in which Bach opens with an orchestral sinfonia. In this case, the organ dominates. Furthermore, this opening sinfonia is Bach’s reworking of the prelude from his Partita for violin (BWV 1006).
Enjoy this recording of the sinfonia with Andrew Parrott conducting the Taverner Players.