BACH, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750
Christmas Oratorium BWV 248
Facsimile Reproduction of the Autograph with
a Commentary Edited by Alfred Dürr
[Staatsbibl. Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, mus. ms. aut. Bach P. 32]
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(Rpt. of Casel, 1960 edition). 2-color collotype of the autograph score. The longest (more than 3 hours in duration) and most complex of 3 oratorios written 1734-35, incorporating music from earlier works including two secular and one church cantata (BWV 248a). In 6 parts, each part intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period:. 1) birth of Christ; 2) annunciation of the shepherds; 3) adoration of the shepherds; circumcision and naming of Jesus; 5) journey of the Magi; 6) adoration of the Magi. Afterword in Ger-Eng. Coverboards in beautiful turquoise paper with embossed title.
23 x 38 cm, 148, xii pages, hardboard $144