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St. Lucas Passion (BWV 246)

Authenticity disputed

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Mixed choir, vocal solo(s), orchestra (solos: SSATT(T)BB - choir: SATB - 2.2.cor ang.0.1. - - str - bc)
Authenticity disputed. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Winfried Radeke. Arranged by Winfried Radeke. Edition Breitkopf.

A heated debate about the authenticity of the present work broke out even before the first edition of 1887/88 in the old Bach-Gesamtausgabe was released. If that's by Sebastian, well I'll be hanged, wrote the Bach expert Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, a. Baroque. Vocal score. Breitkopf and Haertel #EB-6574. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.EB-6574).

Item Number: BR.EB-6574

ISBN 979-0-004-16798-4. 7.5 x 10.5 in inches.

Is the St. Luke Passion an early work of Bach's or not? One should remember that in his Leipzig years, after having written the St. John and St. Matthew Passions, the composer still considered the music so remarkable that he personally copied out about half of the work for a performance in 1730 and then gave his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach the rest? Why else would Bach want to preserve the music if it had not been from his own pen?

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