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BACH, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 [Cantata 9] “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her” BWV 9. Kantate zum 6. Sonntag nach Trinitatis. Faksimile nach dem Autograph aus den Sammlungen der Musikabteilung der Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. = Facsimile of the Autograph from the Collections of the Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; In Zusammenarbeit mit der Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Daniel Boomhower.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile,40. Laaber, 2015. 21 x 33 cm, 16, 18 pp. Color halftone of the beautifully preserved autograph score composed most likely between 1734-1735. Scored for solo SATB, SATB chorus, vln I-II, vla, trav. fl, ob d’amore, bc. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Hardbound with decorative paper boards. $99 (more info... ) [item no.9448]
[Cantata 10] “Meine Seel’ erhebt den Herren!” BWV 10. Kantate zum Fest Mariae Heimsuchung. Faksimile nach dem Autograph aus der Gertrude Whittall Foundation Collection in der Musikabteilung der Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. = Facsimile of the Autograph from the Gertrude Whittall Foundation Collection in the Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; In Zusammenarbeit mit der Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Daniel Boomhower.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile,41. Laaber, 2015. 21 x 33 cm. xvi, 24 pp. Color halftone of the autograph score composed for the Feast of the Visitation of Mary. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Scored for solo SATB, SATB chorus, vln I-II, vla, tpt, 2 ob, bc. Hardbound with decorative paper boards. $108 (more info... ) [item no.9449]
Cantata BWV 20: “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort”. Autograph Score and Performing Parts in the Possession of the Bach Archive, Leipzig. Commentary by Peter Wollny
Documenta Musicologica, II/52 (= Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftstücke, Neue Folge, ). Kassel, 2017. 24 x 35 cm, 24 + 64; 16 pp. Color facsimile of the autograph score and performing parts. (The score was acquired by the Bach Archive Leipzig in 2016, making it possible, for the first time, to reunite the original performance material and the autograph score.) The work is based on a church hymn by Johann Rist that depicts, in riveting language, the terrors of the Last Judgment and the torments of Hell, followed by an admonition to live a life pleasing to God. The poem inspired Bach to write one of his most impressive church compositions altogether. Scored for solo ATB, SATB chorus, 3 ob, tpt, 2 vln, vla, & cont. The facsimile offers invaluable insight into the composer’s workshop and the changing conditions for performances under his direction. Afterword in Eng-Ger. Limited edition of 250 copies presented in clam shell case. $320 (more info... ) [item no.9534]
[Cantata, 33] “Allein zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV 33. Cantata for the 13th Sunday after Trinity. Commentary by Christoph Wolff and Peter Wollny.
Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftstücke, Neue Folge, 5. Kassel/Leipzig, 2010. 4°, 24, 50, 16, 16 pp. Color facsimile of the autograph score, original performing materials and original libretto. Cantata 33 belongs among the unique annual cycle of chorale cantatas composed by Bach in 1724-25, the second year of his Leipzig tenure. The cantata counts among the very few works where all the relevant source materials for the first performance have been preserved—yet dispersed throughout the world: the composing score is kept at the Scheide Library in Princeton, the vocal-instrumental performing parts at the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, and the original libretto at the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg. The facsimile offers invaluable insight into the composer’s workshop and the changing conditions for performances under his direction. Commentary in Eng-Ger. Limited edition. Boxed set. $399 (more info... ) [item no.9147]
[Mass, b minor, BWV 232] Messe in h-moll BWV 232. Mit Sanctus in D-Dur (1724) BWV 232(iii). Autograph Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Kommentar von Christoph Wolff.
Kassel, 2011. 24 x 35 cm, viii. 216, xxxvii, 7 pp. New color facsimile of the autograph score based on newly commissioned photographs. Afterword in Eng-Ger-Jap. Brown linen boards. $429 (more info... ) [item no.9222]
[St. Matthew’s Passion, BWV 244] Matthäus-Passion BWV 244. Autograph Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Commentary by / Kommentar von Christoph Wolff, Martina Rebmann. Preface by / Geleitwort von Barbara Schneider-Kemf.
Documenta Musicologica, II/47. Kassel, 2013. 24 x 35 cm, x, 168, 30 pp. New color facsimile of the autograph score based on newly commissioned photographs. Afterword in Eng-Ger. Limited bibliophile edition with binding with leather spine and boards in decorative paper. $470 (more info... ) [item no.9327]
[Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248] Weihnachts-Oratorium / Christmas Oratorio BWV 248. Facsimile of the Autograph Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Commentary by / Kommentar von Christoph Wolff, Martina Rebmann.
Documenta Musicologica, II/54. Kassel, 2018. 23 x 38 cm, 148, xl pp. Deluxe 4-color facsimile of the autograph score. This is the most authoritative facsimile of the Christmas Oratorio to date, based on the restored manuscript (2002) and new high-quality digital photography (2009). The 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 re-texted and adapted for the new purpose. The autograph “betrays” Bach’s working methods in the very first chorus: he underlaid the words of a version from the birthday cantata Tönet ihr Pauken only to cross them out and replace them with the famous Jauchzet, frohlocket. Other passages in the autograph likewise reveal traces of self-borrowing. Some corrections allow the reader to look over the composer’s shoulder, as it were, and watch him transforming an aria step by step into its present form or struggling to find a definitive version for a short recitative. In contrast, other pages are written out in an immaculate fair hand. With this publication Bärenreiter’s trilogy of Bach choral masterpieces—Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorium—is now complete and modern, combining advanced 21st-century photolithography with the latest editorial contributions of Christoph Wolff. Limited bibliophile edition, binding with leather spine, boards in decorative paper and pasted title etikette. $389 (more info... ) [item no.9568]
[Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, libretto] Oratorium, welches die heilige Weyhnacht über in beiden Haupt-Kirchen zu Leipzig musiciret wurde. Anno 1734.
Stuttgart, 2009. 30 pp. Facsimile of the 1734 libretto. $10 [item no.9258]
[Art of Fugue, BWV 1080] Die Kunst der Fuge / L’arte della fuga BWV 1080. Studio introduttivo a cura di Sergio Vartolo.
Archivum Musicum: Monumenta Musicae Revocata, 37. Florence, 2008. 24 x 34 cm, 4 vols, 99, 40, 72, 20 pp. Line-cut of the autograph score and the beautifully engraved first edition issued 1751/1752. Introduction in It by Sergio Vartolo, with abstract in English. Wrappers, with portfolio in cloth and decorative paper. $155 (more info... ) [item no.9030]
[Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, 1st ed.] Die Kunst der Fuge [BWV 1080]. [Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.].
Performers’ Facsimiles, 289. New York, . Oblong, 41 x 26 cm, 72 pp. Line-cut of the Leipzig, 1751/1752 edition. Wrappers. $30 [item no.9102]
[Chorales, organ, BWV 651-668, 660a, 769] Die Achtzehn Grossen Orgelchoräle BWV 651-668 und Canonische Veränderungen über “Vom Himmel Hoch” BWV 769. Faksimileausgabe der autographen Handschrift der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin—Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung mit Mendelssohn-Archiv. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Peter Wollny.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 5. Laaber, 2/ 2015. 4º, xix, 54 pp. Fine color reproduction of the autograph score of the second part of Mus. ms. Bach P 271 which includes the 18 “Great” Leipzig organ chorales, plus “Vom Himmel Hoch” (S.769) and “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (S.660a). Evidence suggests that the works arose, at least in part, as a virtuoso program of organ works that Bach performed at a number of churches including the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg, the “great organ in Cassel” and for a newly built Silbermann organ in the Dresden Frauenkirche. While the manuscript contains basically definitive versions of the chorales, as can be seen from the abundant corrections, a certain amount polishing of details took place in the preparation of this extraordinary collection. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Hardbound. $126 (more info... ) [item no.7720]
[Musical Offering, BWV 1079] Musikalisches Opfer / Musical Offering (Musical Sacrifice). BWV 1079. Score Based on Bach’s First Edition of 1747 with Inserted Facsimile. Edited by Hans-Eberhard Dentler with a Note by Alberto Basso.
Musica Humana, Faszikel 1. Mainz, 2012. 25 x 33 cm, 53, 113, 38 pp. Modern edition in score format with facsimile supplement reproducing the 1747 edition of the instrumental parts. “Regis iussu cantio et reliqua canonica arte resoluta” is Bach’s famous collection of canons and fugues based on a musical theme given to him by Frederick the Great, to whom they are dedicated. The work has its roots in a meeting on May 7, 1747 at the King’s residence in Potsdam, where Carl Philipp Emanual was employed as a court musician. The work comprises 2 ricercars, one a6 and one a3, 10 canons, and a “sonata sopr’li soggetto Reale”, a trio sonata in 4 movements featuring the flute, one of the instruments Frederick played. Introduction and critical notes in Ger-Eng-Fr. Handsome binding in red linen with gold title. $152 (more info... ) [item no.9321]
[Prelude & fugue, organ, BWV 552, Eb major] Präludium und Fuge Es-Dur BWV 552 aus dem 3. Teil der “Klavierübung”. Faksimile des Originaldrucks von 1739 herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Matthias Geuting.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 13. Laaber, 2008. Oblong, 4°. xii, 18 pp. New line-cut facsimile, of the first edition published in Leipzig in 1739. Bibliophile edition with commentary in Ger-Eng. Hardbound, with red paper boards and faux title etikette. $72 (more info... ) [item no.9072]
Sonatas, viola da gamba solo, BWV 1027-1029] Drei Sonaten für Viola da Gamba solo und obligates Cembalo, BWV 1027–29. Faksimile herausgegeben von Hille Perl. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin—Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
Magdeburg, 2014. 22 x 34 cm, v, 44 pp. 4-color facsimile of the manuscript sources. Only BWV 1027—with title page “Sonata à Cembalo è Viola da Gamba”—has been preserved in Bach’s autograph. Wrappers. $48 (more info... ) [item no.9370]
[Sonatas & partitas, violin, BWV 1001-1006] Sei solo a violino senza basso accompagnato, BWV 1001-1006. Faksimile nach der autographen Handschrift in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Mit einem Geleitwort von Julia Fischer herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Sven Hiemke. [Signatur ms. aut. Bach P. 967].
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 8. Laaber, 2/ 2015. 21 x 33 cm, 19, 48 pp. New full-color facsimile, in the original format, of the autograph score prepared in 1720. One of the most beautiful and meticulous of all of Bach's manuscripts, “Sei solo à violino senza basso accompagnato” are a delight for the scholar and perfomer alike. Bach clearly has taken performance from the autograph into consideration—by using comparatively large note heads, detailed articulation and phrasing marks, "custodes" that sit nearly throughout the manuscript at the end of each staff and anticipate the pitch at the beginning of the following staff, and by diligently planning the page layout with only few page turns, which are accompanied with the instruction "volti subito" (turn immediately). Bibliophile edition with commentary in Ger-Eng. Hardbound with blue paper boards and faux title etikett. $99 (more info... ) [item no.8624]
[Suites, violoncello, BWV 1007-1012] Six Solos [ou Etudes] pour le Violoncelle. [Ouvrage posthume de J.S. Bach avec le doigter et les coups d’archet indiqués par J.J.F. Dotzauer]. Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel. [Bibliothek der Musik- och teaterbiblioteket Stockholm].
Faksimile-Edition Viola da Gambe, 2. Stuttgart, 2014. 26 x 34 cm, 29 pp. Line-cut of the Leipzig  edition. considered the first detailed performing edition of the suites. Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860), the editor of this edition, successfully combined a concert and teaching career, with long stints with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Dresden Chapel, and played under Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner. He spoke of the importance of musical taste based on simplicity. Wrappers. $36 [item no.9374]
[WTC I, keyboard, BWV 846-869] The Well-Tempered Clavier. Part I, BWV 846-869. Facsimile of the Autograph Manuscript in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin—Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Commentary by Christoph Wolff and Martina Rebmann.
Documenta Musicologica, II/50. Kassel, 2015. 20 x 32 cm, xxx, 90 pp. Deluxe 4-color facsimile of the autograph score based on newly commissioned photographs. The preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier embrace an entire cosmos of compositional devices and musical characters—the ne plus ultra of ‘unity through diversity’. Here Bach not only presented the sum total of keyboard artistry in his day but foresaw its future evolution. His treatment of the keys marked a turning point in music history. The autograph score, originally a fair copy, contains later revisions and alterations reflecting the composer at work. Bach authority Christoph Wolff provides a commentary to the work’s genesis and the characteristics of Bach’s handwriting. Martina Rebmann (Staatsbibliothek Berlin) describes the subsequent history of the autograph. Afterword in Eng-Ger. Limited bibliophile edition, binding with leather spine, boards in decorative paper and pasted title etikette. A note on the MS and its facsimiles: Previous facsimile editions (1962-1989) exhibit on some pages a "screen" effect, the result of a silk chiffon overlay that curators applied to Bach's MS to prevent crumbling of the paper. Curators discovered that the chiffon was actually damaging the paper more, so in the early 80s the original MS was withdrawn from public view. To finally solve the problem of deterioration—much of it due to the corrosive quality of the ink—curators turned to a method called "paper splitting", where front and reverse side of each leaf is split, and an alkali-buffered paper laid in between; during the process imperfections in the leaves are repaired with the finest cellulose fibers. The leaf is also treated with a chemical to stop the process of corrosion; in the end the damaging silk chiffon could be completely removed. This new facsimile edition presents the MS—for the first time—in its post-restoration state, without silk chiffon, significantly improving the vividness of Bach's handwriting, a true joy for Bach lovers. $363 (more info... ) [item no.9413]
[WTC I, piano, BWV 846-869, Richault edition, annotated by F. Chopin] Vingt-quatre préludes et fugues (Le clavier bien tempéré, livre I). Annoté par Fréderic Chopin. Commentaire de Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger.
Publications de la Société Française de Musicologie, I/28. Paris, 2/ 2020. Oblong, 28 x 21 cm, lxxii, 111 pp. Color facsimile of the Richault edition (one of the four first editions of the work), with autograph emendations by Fredéric Chopin. In his triple activity as composer, performer, and teacher, Chopin constantly turned to Bach as a supreme point of reference. The Well-Tempered Clavier is said to be the only score he took with him to Majorca in the winter of 1838-39, at the time he was completing his 24 Preludes op.28—in other words, at the heart of his career as a composer. Until now the important role played by the Well-Temperedocument published here for the first time confirms it with living proof of a different kind, a live record, so to speak, of his teaching. This precious score, held in a private collection, emanates directly from Pauline Chazaren, a pupil of Chopin and teacher of Cosima Liszt. The score was probably purchased in Lyons around 1843 prior to Pauline's Parisian sojourn and was d Clavier in Chopin's teaching has been known on the basis of literary sources. The brought or sent to Paris, where it was used in the lessons with Chopin. The score shows no trace of interventions that could be ascribed to Pauline or anyone else. Leafing through the pages of this copy of the Well-Tempered Clavier I, one cannot fail to be struck by the neatness with which the signs and words indicating tempo, metronome marks, phrasing, articulation, dynamics, left-hand octaves, and so on, have been notated. All of Czerny's indications (probably taken from the 1843 Veuve Launer edition), save fingerings, have been copied out by Chopin. The systematic copying stops after Prelude 7, as do the sporadic indications in ink. Commentary in Fr/Eng/Pol. Wrappers. $79 (more info... ) [item no.9613]
Johann Sebastian Bach. Vier Zeugnisse für Präfekten des Thomanerchores 1743-1749. Faksimile und Transkription herausgegben von / Edited by Andreas Glöckner.
Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftstücke, Neue Folge, 4. Kassel, 2009. 20 x 31 cm, 16 pp. Color reproductions of 4 documents written by Johann Sebastian Bach on behalf of applicants for the “Stipendium Hammerianum”, a scholarship fund established some 150 years earlier by the Austrian physician Dr. Matern Hammer. In his will, the donor stipulated that the cities of Leipzig and Steyr each were to receive from his estate an endowment to benefit two students from each city. Notes in Ger-Eng. Wrappers. $39 [item no.9103]
Bach’s Bible: The Calov Bible, Die Heilige Bible 1681-92. Facsimile of the Original Preserved in Concordia Seminary Library, St. Louis.
Franeker, 2017. 19.5 x 33 cm, 3 vols, 4355 pp + commentary. Full-color deluxe facsimile. The 3-volume Bible commentary compiled by 17th-century theologian Abraham Calov and once in the library of Johann Sebastian Bach has been in the Seminary Library collection since it was given to the Seminary by the Reichle family of Frankenmuth, MI, in the 1930s. The volumes are the only known, i.e., identified, books from the library of Lutheran composer J. S. Bach. Calov is both editor and author of the commentary, using as he does both Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible and primarily Luther’s comments on the text, adding his own commentary when no material is available in Luther’s works. The work was printed in 1681-82. Some 25 marginal annotations of Bach, along with underlining and other marginal markings, are evidence of the composer’s use of the volumes. Careful analysis of the handwriting, as well as technical analysis of the ink done in the 1980s, established the authenticity of Bach’s ownership. Commentary in Eng/Ger/Jap/Dut by Albert Clement. (more info... ) [item no.9355]
Wolff, Christopf. Bach. A Life in Pictures. Edited by Christoph Wolff.
New Bach Edition. Revised Edition, 5 (Supplement: Bach Documents vol. 9) Kassel, 2017. 25 x 30.5 cm, 469 pp. This lavish picture documentary helps to bridge the 300-year historical gap and vividly brings to life Bach’s personal history. The illustrations, mostly in color, present Bach’s life from his beginnings in Eisenach, Ohrdruf and Lüneburg, through his years as an organist in Arnstadt, Mühlhausen and Weimar and his period as Kapellmeister in Cöthen, to his tenure in Leipzig as music director and cantor at St. Thomas’s. The present volume is newly conceived in terms of both content and graphic design, and thus more than merely a revision of volume IV of Bach-Documente (1979). Moreover, its numerous additional illustrations take the results of recent Bach research into account. Linen with dust jacket. $349 (more info... ) [item no.9564]
Wollny, Peter. Generalbass- und Satzlehre, Kontrapunktstudien, Skizzen und Entwürfe. Herausgegeben von Peter Wollny. Anhang: Aria “Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn” BWV 1127. Herausgegeben von Michael Maul.
Neue Ausgabe Sämtlicher Werke, Supplement. Kassel, 2011. 22 x 30 cm, 250 pp (incl. 77 facsimiles). Comprehensive study of Bach’s basso continue practice, documented with full-color reproductions from autograph manuscripts and sketches. Consists of teaching documents in figured bass and counterpoint, and sketches & fragments found in autograph full scores, all accompanied by modern transcriptions. Linen. $334 (more info... ) [item no.9278]