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St. John Passion

Version II

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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SATBB soli, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboe (oboe d'amore), 2 oboe da caccia, viola da gamba, 2 violin, viola, basso continuo
Version II. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Peter Wollny. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Johannespassion 1725. Erganzg 31.245/09 5. Passions, Lent and Passiontide. Set of instrumental parts (except strings). Composed 1725. BWV 245. 26 pages. Duration 120 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3124559).

Item Number: CA.3124559

ISBN M-007-13575-1. Language: German/English.

The St. John Passion ranks alongside the St. Matthew Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat and the B minor Mass as one of the great vocal works from Johann Sebastian Bach's Leipzig years. In contrast to his other large-scale choral works, however, Bach never gave this work a definitive final form. Rather, for every performance he substantially revised the general concept of the piece and also changed numerous details. All previous editions of the St. John Passion have combined readings from various layers of sources and thus present the work in a form which was never heard during Bach's lifetime. Consequently, the wish often expressed by conductors to perform an authentic version by Bach could not be easily achieved. The present critical, new edition of the St. John Passion fulfills this wish and for the first time makes available the complete music of the second version of the work as it was performed under Bach's direction in 1725. Since a number of movements were replaced by others, including the opening chorus, this version differs most dramatically from the "standard" version which is well known today.

Score available separately - see item CA.3124550.

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