Johannes-Passion (St. John Passion) BWV 245
|Composer||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|Instrumentation||Mixed Choir and Orchestra|
|Instrument Group||Mixed Choir|
|Year of Publication||2019|
The St. John Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday of 1724. Written three years before the St. Matthew Passion, it was a work Bach revised during the rest of his life, in fact he did not leave us a definitiveversion either in print or fair copy. The sources give evidence of four different versions used at four performances - 1724, 1725, around 1730 and during the last years of Bach's life. They often contain two or more readings forthe same passage, or even different movements that on different occasions occupied the same place in the work.
This edition uses the final version IV as its basis with alternative movements and readings contained intheappendices. A comprehensive preface in the study score (German/English) TP197 gives full information.