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

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Publisher: Bärenreiter
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

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.

ISBN: 9790006461660
Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 01 January 1990
No of pages: 246
Language: English, German
Catalogue No: BA5014A

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        Gloucester GB
        Beautifully clear edition of a masterpiece, well bound
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        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.
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        Glasgow GB Nothing
        Very clear printing
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        I was looking for a score with German on the top line and this one fits the bill!
        Anonymous - (Lewes, United Kingdom)
        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
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        German edition with clear text, printing.
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