The baroque cantata libretto by Erdmann Neumeister focuses upon the aged Simeon in the Temple, who desires to leave this world and is longing for the hereafter. Telemann’s setting is appealing through its poetry, warmth and ardor, and through the exemplary balance of its overall form. The two chorales which begin and end this seven-movement work are fashioned with particular artistry and care. Formally, the center and heart of the work is a motet-like choral movement to the words “Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn sterben” (Revelation 14:13) – Also suitable as a cantata for Eternity Sunday, and for funerals and memorial services. Scoring: Soli TB, Coro SATB, 2 Vl, Va, Bc. Language: German/English. Duration: 18 min. Key: g-minor.