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Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245

Instrument line-up: Solo Parts (SATTBB), Mixed Choir (SATB), and Orchestra
Edition: Score (Urtext)
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
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Opus: BWV245
Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag
Order no.: BA5037-02
ISMN: 9790006566709
Issuer: Arthur Mendel
Language: german, english
Release: 01.05.2019
Dimensions: 310x243 mm
Pages: 273


The St. John Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday of 1724. Written three years before the St. Matthew Passion, it was a work Bach revised during the rest of his life, in fact he did not leave us a definitive version either in print or fair copy. The sources give evidence of four different versions used at four performances - 1724, 1725, around 1730 and during the last years of Bach's life. They often contain two or more readings for the same passage, or even different movements that on different occasions occupied the same place in the work.

Our edition uses the final version IV as its basis with alternative movements and readings contained in the appendices. A comprehensive preface in the study score (German-English) TP197 gives full information.

Table of contents:

Johannes-Passion BWV 24
Anhang 1: Satz 1-10, ältere Fassung
Anhang 2: Die nur zu Fassung II gehörenden Sätze
Anhang 3: Die Textänderungen in den Sätzen 9, 19, 20 (Fassung IV) und 39 (wohl später)

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