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J.S. Bach: Motet No.3: Jesu, Meine Freude BWV 227 (Choral Score)

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Media: Sheet Music
Skill Level: Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Series: Bärenreiter Urtext
Catalogue #: BA5132


All of Bach’s six authenticated motets were written between 1723 and 1727 for St Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, where Bach was appointed as director of music in 1723. During this period, Bach composed most of his cantatas, and it seems likely that for ordinary Sunday services he used existing motets from the seventeenth century tradition, reserving his own motet compositions for special occasions.

Four of his six motets were written for the funeral services of prominent members of the St Thomas’ congregation. Jesu, Meine Freude (BWV 227), the longest, most musically complex and earliest of the six, was written in 1723 for the funeral of Johanna Maria Käsin, the wife of Leipzig’s postmaster.

Jesu, Meine Freude BWV 227 is a beautifully constructed motet for five-part mixed choir, by J.S. Bach. This Urtext edition provides you with a clear and accurate realisation of the composer’s original intentions and includes thoroughly detailed editorial markings and suggestions, as edited by Konrad Ameln.

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Jesu, Meine Freude BWV 227

J.S. Bach: Jesu, Meine Freude BWV 227 (Barenreiter Urtext Edition) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
10 out of 10


Came on time, readable, great quality.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 20 March 2017
Published on: 03 April 2017
7 out of 10


York GB Amateur choral singer
The copy feels good quality; the paper is strong and the print is clear (but see bad points).
I would like the notes and words to be bigger because it's hard to read the small print at speed. The cover has the title of the piece in English as well as German, leading me to expect the English text of the piece to be given in the score, but it is not.
Confirmed purchase: 03 May 2016
Published on: 19 May 2016
6 out of 10

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Printed on cream paper. White would have been easier to read
Confirmed purchase: 20 January 2015
Published on: 06 February 2015

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Customer Rating This piece is not famous by accident. It is very challenging but hugely rewarding music - some of Bach's finest (and that's saying something!)
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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 01/01/1990
Format: Vocal Score
Length: 28 pages
Language: German
Publisher: Bärenreiter

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