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The Complete Motets (Samtliche Motetten)

By Georg Philipp Telemann

Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Daniel R. Melamed, Eberhard Hofmann, and Gunter Graulich. Arranged by Paul Horn. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Bach vocal. German title: Samtliche Motetten Mit Bc (Ed.Graulich). Sacred, Motets; Choral Collections, Mixed Choir, Stuttgart Urtext editions; Occasions: Praise and thanks; Use during church year: Easter and Eastertide, Pentecost. Collection. 224 pages. Carus Verlag #CV 31.224/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3122400).

Item Number: CA.3122400

ISBN 9790007095949.

The popularity of Johann Sebastian Bach's motets is matched by the problematic manner in which they have been handed down to us. The autograph scores and parts used by Bach have been preserved for only two motets. For the remaining motets we must be content with copies whose reliability is, at best, inconsistent. Current editions of the motets are based primarily on the Neue Bach-Ausgabe (1965), which until now has been widely accepted as the standard text for these works. In the meantime, however, additional copies have been discovered and our knowledge concerning the music of Bach has been considerably advanced. In light of these developments it was time for a complete critical reevaluation of the complex situation of the sources. The result is an edition in which the music has changed in countless details and it is hoped that we have come a good deal closer to the intentions of Bach. Carus offers the motets of Johann Sebastian Bach in two editions. The volume published as Carus 31.224 contains the complete motets and includes both an English singing text and a realized figured bass. The second motet edition, in a handy format, is published without these two features (Carus 31.224/10). Both volumes contain the five Bach motets ((BWV 225-229), as well as two further motets which are highly likely to have penned by him: "Lobe den Herr, all Heiden" (BWV 230) and "Ich lasse dich nicht" (BWV Anh. 159). "Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt" (BWV Anh. 160), the large pasticcio drawn from movements of cantatas by Teleman and Bach is contained only in the larger, more elaborate volume (Carus 31.224).

  • Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. III 159 (To thee will I cling, until I am blest) - f-Moll/F minor  Performed by Johann Christoph Bach / Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 (Sing now to God new songs of praise) - B-Dur/B-flat major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 (The Spirit makes our weakness strong) - B-Dur/B-flat major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 (Jesu, my salvation) - e-Moll/E minor  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 (Be not afraid, I am with you) - A-Dur/A major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 (Come, Jesu, come) - g-Moll/G minor  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 (Praise ye the Lord, all ye nations) - C-Dur/C major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, BWV Anh. 160 (Shout to the Lord, all the earth) - C-Dur/C major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach / Georg Philipp Telemann

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  • March 17, 2020 Essential Bach

    While much of Bach's choral music is intertwined with instruments, this work is clearly intended to be a cappella. Also, much of his choral music was utilitarian to one extent or another - the motets strike me as primarily expressive. In my view, the crown jewel is Singet dem Herrn...

    aus neues Lied. it is for double choir, a complex contrapuntal masterpiece and if you have ever tried to sing it, difficult in a number of ways. Complexity alone doesn't make it the great work it is, movement and arc of the music does. All these motets are great and worth listening to and studying.

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