St. John Passion "O Mensch, bewein", BWV 245.2
by Johann Sebastian Bach
4-Part - Sheet Music

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Solo singer, Mixed choir, Orchestra (Soprano solo, Alto solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo (2), Mixed choir (SATB), Western concert flutes (2), Oboes (2), Viola da gamba, Violins (2), Viola, Basses)

SKU: BA.BA05938

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Edited by Manuel Bärwald. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Version II (1725). Score. BWV 245. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05938. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05938).

ISBN 9790006543984. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Language: German. Preface: Bärwald, Manuel.

Unlike Bach’s other oratorio compositions, there is no definitive version of the St. John Passion. The first version of 1724 which is today’s standard version represents a mixture of different readings but it was not performed like this in Bach’s day. On the other hand, the second version of 1725 was performed under the direction of Bach himself and can therefore be considered authentic. In addition to a change in order of several movements, the second version differs from the earlier version by the use of the opening chorus “O Mensch, bewein”.

The performance material corresponds to the Urtext edition of Version II which was recently published as part of the “New Bach Edition – Revised” (NBArev).

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