Bach, JS: Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Urtext) (G-E) (Sheet Music)
|Title:||Bach, JS: Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Urtext) (G-E)|
|Composer:||Bach, Johann Sebastian|
|Orchestration:||2 orchestras & 2 choirs (inquire for exact instrumentation)|
|Product Type:||Sheet Music & Songbooks|
|Edition Type:||Vocal Score|
|Category:||Vocal & Choral » Solo Vocal » ABRSM Grade 8|
|Category:||Vocal & Choral » Solo Vocal » Trinity Guildhall Grade 8|
|Category:||Vocal & Choral » Choral|
|Date Published:||1 Jan 1990|
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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