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Bach, Johann Sebastian - St. Matthew Passion BWV 244b (early version)

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  • Piano reduction.

    Urtext Edition.

    Detailed Instrumentation: Mixed choir-SATB / Organ / Orchestra.

    Language(s) of work: German, English.

    Binding: Paperback.

    Matthäus-Passion BWV 244b (Frühfassung) 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 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.

    The corresponding volume of the “New Bach Edition” (series II/volume 5b) serves as a conducting score.


    - Attractive alternative to the well-known St. Matthew Passion
    - Urtext from the “New Bach Edition”
    - Straightforward and easy-to-play piano reduction
    - Unique to the market

  • bindingKartoniert
    size27,0 x 19,0
    detailed compositiongemCh-SATB/Org/Orch
    difficulty4Schwer
    editorGlöckner, Andreas
    edizione1. Aufl. 2006
    number of pagesXI, 274 S.
    ISMN9790006531738

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