Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Facsimile of the autograph score held in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The Christmas Oratorio, with its six parts, has become dear to the hearts of countless music lovers all over the world. What sounds today as if it could never have been otherwise, in reality dates back in part to earlier Bach pieces that he retexted and adapted for the new purpose.