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J.S. Bach: St. John Passion (Vocal Score)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists, SATB, Organ Accompaniment (SOP/ALTO/TEN/BASS/SATB/ORGA)
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Series: The New Novello Choral Edition
Catalogue #: NOV072489
ISBN: 9780853609599


The vocal score to J.S. Bach's St. John Passion BWV 245, as edited in a new English version by Neil Jenkins. With English and German text and an introduction in English, German and French.

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St. John Passion

J.S. Bach: St. John Passion (Vocal Score) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
6 out of 10


GB Experienced choral singer
Bach's music
The English version is not as good as the old Novello version.
Confirmed purchase: 18 March 2015
Published on: 12 April 2015
10 out of 10


Cambridge GB Choir member
Standard Choral score, every one else has got the same.
It's the "Gold Standard" score nothing to dislike.
Confirmed purchase: 20 January 2015
Published on: 05 February 2015
9 out of 10


invaluable for the faster passages that have to initially be learned at half pace, plus the many entries.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 15 December 2014
Published on: 09 January 2015

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating This item arrived promptly (which was a huge plus for me in the US).
It was bounded satisfactorily (not great) and the parts were clearly shown and easy to read. It had the German text that Bach chose to use and a new English translation. This translation was satisfactory but not extremely scripturally accurate. It was chosen to make it (1) easier for the audience to understand (aka no King's James style or Peter Pears), and (2) easier to sing (round vowel sounds and so forth).
The accompaniment was only for piano so that was a possible downside. The chorales are written in "hymn" format with altos and sopranos on top and tenors and basses in the bass clef.
One plus was the section devoted to describing the most efficient practising and rehearsing schedule.
It was a good score for a Bach enthusiast or for an amature church choir with limited resources. And its cheap price was also a plus in those respects.
I would not recommend it for someone who wants to sing along at home with their own recording, because of its obscure libretto.


Customer Rating Great book just what I needed!
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Customer Rating Very clear edition. So useful to have a 'sound' edition with English words as we want to use it as an act of worship.
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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 04/06/1999
Format: Vocal Score
Length: 208 pages
Language: English, French, German
Publisher: Novello & Co Ltd.
Editor: Neil Jenkins

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