Bach, Johann Sebastian
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Edition no.
BA 5014-90
ISMN
9790006461660
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Blankenburg, Walter / Dürr, Alfred
Arranger
Dürr, Alfred
Language(s) of work
German, English
Product format
Vocal Score, Urtext edition
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
XII, 234 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, composed in 1734, narrates the story of the birth of Jesus in a cycle of six cantatas with a text probably by Christian Friedrich Henrici (known as Picander) who provided several libretti for Bach during his Leipzig period.

Like the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio is narrated by an Evangelist and includes devices from Italian opera such as the recitative and aria. It was written to be performed during the thirteen days of Christmas of the Lutheran Church calendar (25 December – 6 January) allowing the wondrous story of the Gospel to gradually unfold.
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