St Matthew Passion BWV 244b (Early Version)

St Matthew Passion BWV 244b (Early Version)
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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 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.


Product IDCOBS012882576
Composer/Artist/Author Johann Sebastian Bach
Instrumentation Vocal Score
Publisher Barenreiter
Publisher Ref No BA5099A
Language Ger & Eng
Media Book

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