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Christian Friedrixh Henrici

(Picander), libretist to Johann Sebastian Bach

S J.S. Bach, Cantata 201
“Rush, You Whirling Winds!
The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan”

Apollo and Pan challenge each other to a singing contest to determine who is the better of the two. The following aria is Apollo’s ‘tour de force’.

5. Aria Phoebus Apollo:

Full of burning desire

I press your tender cheeks,

Sweet, beautiful Hyacinth.

And your eyes I love to kiss

Because they are my morning stars

And the sun of the soul.


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