SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 violin, viola, basso continuo
Passionskantate. Composed by Gottfried August Homilius. Edited by Uwe Wolf. This edition: Paperbound, Complete edition. Complete editions. Score available separately - see item CA.3710400. Cantatas, Lent and Passiontide. Vocal score. HoWV I.2. 104 pages. Duration 95 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3710403).
Item Number: CA.3710403
ISBN M-007-08723-4. Language: German.
He was without argument our greatest church composer, wrote the lexicographer E. L. Gerber a few years after Homilius's death in 1785. As a result of the destruction of the Kreuzkirche during the Seven Years War, the longtime Kreuzkantor, a pupil of Bach, performed his professional musical duties primarily at the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The Passionskantate was well received and widely disseminated during the 18th and 19th centuries: Thanks to its popularity it was published in 1775 by Breitkopf as a full score - a rare honor, accorded to only one other Passion in the 18th century (Graun's Tod Jesu). The text describes the events of the Passion from a very personal point of view: The story focuses less on the actual events, then upon the feelings of the observers of these events. The subjective nature of the narrative is reflected in a very dramatically marked style of recitative, which presents a charming contrast to the expressive choral writing and the melodically accented arias. With the release of a new music editions and a SACD/CD the Passionskantate can now be rediscovered.