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

Books | Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists, SATB, Organ Accompaniment

Publisher: Novello
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

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.

ISBN: 9780853609599
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 04 June 1999
No of pages: 208
Language: English, French, German
Catalogue No: NOV072489

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        Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 9 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

        Very clear edition. So useful to have a 'sound' edition with English words as we want to use it as an act of worship.
        Anonymous - (Thame, United Kingdom)
        Great book just what I needed!
        Anonymous - (Bradford, United Kingdom)
        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.
        Jeremy - (NY, US)

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