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Bach's “Opus summum”

A Baerenreiter facimile of the manuscripts of the “St. Matthew Passion”

Up to the present day there has scarcely been a work in the history of music which has fascinated listeners and performers more than Bach’s “St Matthew Passion”. Originally composed for Vespers on Good Friday.

The autograph manuscript is regarded as one of Bach’s most beautiful – the fair copy demonstrates the importance he attached to the careful preservation of the work for posterity.

This precious facsimile edition reproduces the autograph score of the “St Matthew Passion” for the first time in high-quality colour printing. The Bach specialist Christoph Wolff introduces the background to the work’s composition and the characteristics of the manuscript. Martina Rebmann (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) provides further details regarding the history of the autograph manuscript.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) BWV 244. Bärenreiter Facsimile. Autograph Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Commentary by Christoph Wolff and Martina Rebmann. Preface by Barbara Schneider-Kempff. Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftstücke. Neue Folge. Edited by Bach-Archiv Leipzig. Band VII. ISBN 978-3-7618-2294-4. Bärenreiter-Verlag 2013. 168 pages facsimile + 27 pages commentary (German/English). € 348,–.

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