Choir and piano Soprano voice, Alto voice, Tenor voice, and Bass voice (Soli), SATB Choir, Piano
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Karl Straube. This edition: Paperback. Original Works, Transcriptions, Liturgical, Choral. Baroque Period; Sacred/Hymns, German, Christmas/Hannukah. Large Vocal Score. With Text Language: Latin. Composed 1723/1731. Duration 35 minutes. Published by Serenissima (SA.Z2488).
Item Number: SA.Z2488
ISBN 9781932419382. 8.27 x 11.69 inches.
Unabridged digitally enhanced reissue of the vocal score prepared by musicologist Karl Straube and published by C.F. Peters, Leipzig in the late 19th century. Bach composed the initial version in E-flat in 1723 for the Christmas Vespers in Leipzig which contained several Christmas texts. Over the years he removed the Christmas-specific texts to make it suitable for year-round performance, and transposied it to D major, providing better sonority for the trumpets. The work is divided into twelve parts which can be grouped into three movements, each beginning with an aria and completed by the choir.