St. John Passion (Johannespassion). Composed by Gottfried August Homilius. Edited by Uwe Wolf. For Soli SSATB, SATB Choir, 2 Horns, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Violins, Viola, Basso continuo. This edition: Paperbound. Score available separately - see item CA.3710300. Vocal score. Language: German. HoWV I.4. 128 pages. Duration 119 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3710303).
With Language: German.
The oratorio Passions by Homilius were among the last compositions of their kind in the 18th century. In an oratorio Passion the chorus is restricted mainly to singing the chorales and the interjections of the crowd; only the conclusion of a Passion provides an opportunity for an extensive choral movement. In the St. John Passion the final chorus emphasizes the supreme importance of the Crucifixion as the climax of St. John's Gospel. The free elements of the composition take the forms customary at the time: da capo arias are predominant.