On May 22, 1723 Bach moved to Leipzig to take up his position as the newly-elected Kantor at the Thomasschule and although he wasn't formally installed until June 1st he apparently started work immediately, for on Sunday May 30th the first performance of one of his large-scale Cantatas took place to great applause. The Cantata in question which is in two parts was 'Die Elenden sollen essen' (The miserable shall eat) BWV 75 the anonymous text to which is based on Luke 16:19-31 – the parable of the rich man and Lazarus . It's one of my favourite Cantatas, Bach was determined to start his tenure at Leipzig with a display of musical fireworks and he certainly succeeded. It's huge (if you count up 'Die Elenden sollen essen's' sections – or movements if you prefer to call them that, you'll find no less than fourteen separate movements). Not only is it huge but Bach filled it choc-a-bloc with musical inventiveness, some wonderful arias, ditto recitatives, and that's before I mention the simply superb orchestral writing. The cumulative effect of all of this is a thrilling and dramatic piece of music.