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J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (Vocal Score)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: SATB, Organ Accompaniment (SATB/ORGA)
Skill Level: Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Series: Bärenreiter Urtext
Catalogue #: BA5014A


Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, composed in 1734, narrates the story of the birth of Jesus in a cycle of six cantatas with a text probably by Christian Friedrich Henrici (known as Picander) who provided several libretti for Bach during his Leipzig period.

Like the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio is narrated by an Evangelist and includes devices from Italian opera such as the recitative and aria. It was written to be performed during the thirteen days of Christmas of the Lutheran Church calendar (25 December – 6 January) allowing the wondrous story of the Gospel to gradually unfold.

- Full score and performance material (BA5014), vocal score (BA5014-90) and study score (TP85) available for sale.

- Urtext of the New Bach Edition.

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (Barenreiter Urtext Edition) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.7 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
10 out of 10


Colchester GB Professional singer and conductor
It is the only VS worth using.
Would prefer it without English text. a word for word translation in the introduction would be of more use.
Confirmed purchase: 03 May 2016
Published on: 19 May 2016
9 out of 10


Glasgow GB Nothing
Very clear printing
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 17 November 2015
Published on: 01 December 2015
10 out of 10


English Bicknor, Coleford GB I'm fussy!
What I needed and expected!
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 10 October 2014
Published on: 24 October 2014

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating German edition with clear text, printing.
See more reviews by Contralto - (Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I was looking for a score with German on the top line and this one fits the bill!

Customer Rating Very pleased, and it came very quickly, the choir is singing in German, this edition is the same as theirs but also has English, which helps me unerstand what I am singing
See more reviews by Terih

More Product Details

Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 01/01/1990
Format: Vocal Score
Length: 246 pages
Language: German, English
Publisher: Bärenreiter

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