Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 Facsimile - Johann Sebastian Bach

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Bach Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 Facsimile
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Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248 Facsimile

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. The autograph ‘betrays’ Bach’s working methods in the very first chorus: first 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. 

This facsimile edition presents the autograph score of the Christmas Oratorio for the first time in a high quality four-colour reproduction. 

Bach specialist Christoph Wolff has provided an Introduction on the work’s genesis and the features of the manuscript. The subsequent history of the autograph is described by Martina Rebmann of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Documenta musicologica II/54 / Bärenreiter.


  • Facsilimile: Weihnachst-Oratorium BWV 248:
  • Pars I
  • Pars II
  • Pars III
  • Pars IV
  • Pars V
  • Pars VI
  • Commentary:
  • Bach´s Christmas Oratorio and Its Composing Score:
  • Genesis an disposition
  • The autograph
  • The musical from of the work
  • Notes
  • Overview: parodied originals
  • Illustrations
  • Johann Sebastian Bach´s Autographs in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin:
  • The state of conservation of the Bach autographs
  • Reprint: Libretto
  • Kommentar:
  • Bachs Weihnachts-Oratorium und seine Kompositionspartitur:
  • Entstehungsgeschichte und Anlage
  • Das Autograph
  • Musikalische Werkgestalt
  • Anmerkungen
  • Übersicht: Parodienvorlage
  • Abbildungen
  • Johann Sebastian Bachs Autographen in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • Zum konservatorischen Zustand der Bach-Autographen
  • Reprint: Libretto










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