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Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Final Version (1736)

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Bärenreiter  |  SKU: BA5038-01  |  Barcode: 9790006462285
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Editors: Alfred Dürr, Max Schneider
  • Format: Full Score – Complete Edition
  • Instrumentation: Orchestra, Double Choir (SATB + SATB)
  • Work: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Work Language: German
  • ISMN: 9790006462285
  • Size: 10.2 x 13.0 inches
  • Pages: 309
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

Description

Bach's St. Matthew Passion as we know it today evidently had a long history dating back before 1727. It is unclear whether the work performed at the Thomaskirche , Leipzig on Good Friday 1729 was based on a still earlier version. Whatever the case, the surviving version of 1729 presents the work in a form strikingly different from its later incarnation. for example, the opening section ends with the chorale ‘ Jesum lass ich nicht von mir ' which was replaced by the large-scale cantus firmus chorus ‘O Mensch , bewein dein Sünde gross' for the 1736 performance.

The well-known alto aria ‘Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin ' is still assigned to a bass in the earlier version, and the aria ‘ Komm süsses Kreuz ' calls for a lute instead of the later viola da gamba . Moreover, the pieces for double chorus only require a single continuo group. Other differences can be found in the instrumental scoring and voice leading. The early version of the St. Matthew Passion is thus a most interesting addition to the great concert repertoire.

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Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

$220.95

Description

Bach's St. Matthew Passion as we know it today evidently had a long history dating back before 1727. It is unclear whether the work performed at the Thomaskirche , Leipzig on Good Friday 1729 was based on a still earlier version. Whatever the case, the surviving version of 1729 presents the work in a form strikingly different from its later incarnation. for example, the opening section ends with the chorale ‘ Jesum lass ich nicht von mir ' which was replaced by the large-scale cantus firmus chorus ‘O Mensch , bewein dein Sünde gross' for the 1736 performance.

The well-known alto aria ‘Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin ' is still assigned to a bass in the earlier version, and the aria ‘ Komm süsses Kreuz ' calls for a lute instead of the later viola da gamba . Moreover, the pieces for double chorus only require a single continuo group. Other differences can be found in the instrumental scoring and voice leading. The early version of the St. Matthew Passion is thus a most interesting addition to the great concert repertoire.

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