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

Books | Choral

Publisher: Bärenreiter
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

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.

  • Urtext of the New Bach Edition
  • Performance material and choral score (BA5132) available for sale
  • Complete edition of the 6 Motets Vocal score with Piano reduction (BA5193-90), choral score (BA5193)
ISBN: 9790006465194
Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 01 January 1990
No of pages: 28
Language: German
Catalogue No: BA5132

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          Scores 8.0 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
          9 out of 10


          Rugby GB Music teacher and singer
          Very easy to read.
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          Confirmed purchase: 01 February 2018
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          10 out of 10


          Came on time, readable, great quality.
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          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

          Musicroom Reviews

          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!)
          Anonymous - (Cowes, United Kingdom)