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Matthaus-Passion BWV 244

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Soprano solo voice, alto solo voice, tenor solo voice, bass solo voice, double SATB choir and piano accompaniment (Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, 2 Tenor Voice Solo, 2 Bass Voice Solo, 2 SATB Choir, 2 Orch) - Difficulty: medium-difficult
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Alfred Durr. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Baroque and Sacred. Vocal score. With choral notation, piano reduction and introductory text. BWV 244. 304 pages. Duration 3 hours, 11 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05038-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05038-90).

Item Number: BA.BA05038-90

ISBN 9790006462421. 7.5x10.5 inches. Language: German, English.

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 Sunde 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 susses 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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