Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Voices and Recorder Ensemble (Papalin)

 1. Kyrie (Kyrie eleison)
#105658 - 8.45MB - 9:13 -  7.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (31) - - !N/!N/!N - 11361x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 1. Kyrie (Christe eleison)
#105659 - 3.82MB - 4:10 -  5.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10) - - !N/!N/!N - 3521x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 1. Kyrie (Kyrie eleison)
#105660 - 3.84MB - 4:12 -  5.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8) - - !N/!N/!N - 2540x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Gloria in excelsis - Et in terra pax)
#105661 - 5.50MB - 6:00 -  5.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - - !N/!N/!N - 3936x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Laudamus te)
#105662 - 3.66MB - 4:00 -  7.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9) - - !N/!N/!N - 3437x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Gratias agimus tibi)
#105663 - 3.08MB - 3:22 -  5.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5) - - !N/!N/!N - 1903x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Domine Deus - Qui tollis peccata mundi)
#105664 - 7.37MB - 8:03 -  7.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - !N/!N/!N - 2488x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Qui sedes ad dextram Patris)
#105665 - 3.77MB - 4:07 -  6.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - - !N/!N/!N - 2183x

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Papalin (2011/6/17)

 2. Gloria (Quoniam tu solus sanctus - Cum Sancto Spiritu)
#105666 - 7.94MB - 8:40 -  7.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11) - - !N/!N/!N - 3234x

MP3 file (audio)
Papalin (2011/6/17)

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Papalin (Recorder, Chorus)

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Papalin

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Aria: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (No.10)

 Synthesized performance
#209920 - 4.06MB - 4:25 -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - - !N/!N/!N - 875x

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Michrond (2012/4/24)

 Synthesized performance
#209921 - 0.03MB - ? -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 384x

MID file (audio/video)
Michrond (2012/4/24)

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MIDI

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Michel Rondeau

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Crucifixus

For Mixed Chorus and Organ (Machella)

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#197687 - 0.01MB - ? -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 535x

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Reccmo (2012/4/3)

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Synthesized MIDI

Publisher Info.:

Maurizio Machella

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Sheet Music

Full Scores

Complete

 Part I. Missa (missing pp. 55–56)
#310747 - 75.99MB, 96 pp. -  5.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- V/V/V - 6790x

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Irishmaestro (2014/1/8)

 Part II. Symbolum Nicenum
#310748 - 45.01MB, 60 pp. -  5.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 2175x

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Irishmaestro (2014/1/8)

 Part III. Sanctus
#80351 - 12.45MB, 17 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/V/V - 3993x

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Ivdruiz (2010/10/2)

 Part IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem
#80353 - 15.65MB, 21 pp. -  4.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 7907x

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Ivdruiz (2010/10/2)

PMLP04197-Bach - Mass in B minor, BWV 232 -Missa-.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Composer’s manuscript, n.d.(1733/1749). Mus. ms. Bach P 180

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Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

#310747 & 310748: Re-submission of the autograph of the Missa and Symbolum Nicenum originally submitted by Ivdruiz, supplemented by 9 of the 11 missing pages. Pages 55-56 are still missing from Bach Digital's scan.

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 Complete Score
#103364 - 26.99MB, 306 pp. -  6.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (20- V/V/V - 20795x

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Carolus (2011/5/29)

 1. Kyrie
#01257 - 2.41MB, 44 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (19- V/V/V - 14273x

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 2. Gloria
#01258 - 6.43MB, 108 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (13- V/V/V - 10820x

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 3. Credo
#01259 - 5.03MB, 88 pp. -  6.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (12- V/V/V - 10420x

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 4. Sanctus
#01261 - 3.06MB, 49 pp. -  8.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7- V/V/V - 5055x

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MW (2006/8/11)

 5. Agnus Dei
#01262 - 0.63MB, 13 pp. -  5.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- V/V/V - 9398x

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MW (2006/8/11)

PMLP04197-BWV232-BGA.pdf
Editor:

Julius Rietz (1812–1877)

Publisher Info.:

Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 6
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1856. Plate B.W. VI.

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Error: page 139 (in Gloria, page 93 of PDF) is missing, replaced by page 239.

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 1. Kyrie
#33302 - 3.32MB, 24 (=47) pp. -  5.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10- V*/V*/V* - 6636x

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Carolus (2009/6/23)

 2. Gloria
#33303 - 9.67MB, 64 (=128) pp. -  5.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V*/V*/V* - 4573x

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 3. Credo
#33304 - 8.24MB, 52 (=104) pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V*/V*/V* - 5144x

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 4. Sanctus
#33305 - 4.98MB, 31 (=62) pp. -  9.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V*/V*/V* - 2731x

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 5. Agnus Dei
#33306 - 0.90MB, 6 (=11) pp. -  6.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V*/V*/V* - 5375x

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Carolus (2009/6/23)

PMLP04197-Bach-BWV0232FSeul-1.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Ernst Eulenburg, n.d.(ca.1925).

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Misc. Notes:

Based on BGA edition
(vis. identical errors at the beginning of the “Et in unum Dominum”)

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 Complete Score
#24490 - 9.00MB, 325 pp. -  7.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (17- !N/!N/!N - 13501x

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Perlnerd666 (2008/11/16)

PMLP04197-CCARH Mass in b minor.pdf
Editor:

CCARH Team

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Palo Alto: Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities.

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 3.0 [tag/del]

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Based on BGA edition (vis. identical errors at the beginning of the “Et in unum Dominum”)

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 Incomplete Score (page 93 missing)
#23835 - 28.05MB, 36 pp. -  6.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 2376x

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Peter (2008/11/3)

PMLP04197-Bach - Messe H-moll MS BGA.pdf
Editor:

Hermann Kretzschmar (1848–1924)

Publisher Info.:

Composer’s manuscript, n.d. (1733/1749). P 180

Reprinted:

Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 44
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1895. Plate B.W. XLIV.

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Aria: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (No.10)

 Complete score
#209910 - 0.13MB, 8 pp. -  6.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- !N/!N/!N - 2962x

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 Engraving files (Finale)
#209918 - 0.44MB, ? pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 651x

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 Engraving files (XML)
#209919 - 0.04MB, ? pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 364x

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Michrond (2012/4/24)

WIMA.92b0-Mass232XSco.pdf
Editor:

Michel Rondeau

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Michel Rondeau

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Parts

Complete

 Flute 1, 2
#56412 - 2.92MB, 27 (15, 12) pp. -  4.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 6203x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

 Oboe 1, 2
Oboe d’amore 1, 2 (in A)

#56413 - 4.96MB, 51 (20, 19, 7, 5) pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/V/V - 5940x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

 Bassoon 1, 2
#56414 - 1.70MB, 16 (8, 8) pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/V/V - 3150x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

 Horn (in D)
#56415 - 0.15MB, 2 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 5492x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

 Trumpet 1, 2, 3 (in D)
#56416 - 1.61MB, 16 (6, 5, 5) pp. -  4.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8- V/V/V - 7024x

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 Timpani
#56417 - 0.45MB, 5 pp. -  7.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 1911x

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 Violins I
#56418 - 3.37MB, 31 pp. -  6.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7- V/V/V - 7788x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

 Violins II
#56419 - 2.26MB, 25 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/V/V - 2994x

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 Violas
#56420 - 1.89MB, 20 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/V/V - 2488x

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 Cellos/Basses
#56421 - 3.24MB, 33 pp. -  5.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 5165x

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 Organ (Continuo, with Soprano Cues)
#56422 - 9.13MB, 81 pp. -  5.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/V/V - 3916x

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 Harpsichord (Continuo)
#56423 - 8.06MB, 72 pp. -  2.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/V/V - 3474x

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Perlnerd666 (2010/2/18)

PMLP04197-Bach-BWV0232.Flute.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d. Plates Orch.B. 1095-99

Reprinted:

New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(after 1933).

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 Violins I
#326882 - 5.72MB, 38 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- C*/V*/V* - 288x

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M.kowalski49 (2014/5/29)

PMLP04197-viokin 1.PDF
Editor:

Friedrich Smend (1893-1980)

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Neue Bach Ausgabe, Ser.II, Vol.1
Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1955. BA 5001.

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Missa (Kyrie and Gloria)

 Complete Parts
#57488 - 39.22MB, 142 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 1776x

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Ivdruiz (2010/2/26)

PMLP04197-Missa.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Manuscript, n.d.(18th century)

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Public Domain [tag/del]

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Manuscript Mus. 2405-D-21. See Misc. Comments

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 Flute 1, 2
#102265 - 3.47MB, 13 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 816x

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Fynnjamin (2011/5/16)

 Oboe d'amore 1, 2
#102266 - 3.15MB, 12 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 582x

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 Bassoon
#102267 - 1.90MB, 7 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 412x

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Fynnjamin (2011/5/16)

 Horn, Trumpet 1, 2, 3, Timpani
#102268 - 2.04MB, 9 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 898x

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 Violins I
#102260 - 5.53MB, 20 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 904x

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 Violins II
#102261 - 2.82MB, 10 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 335x

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 Violas
#102262 - 2.27MB, 8 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/V/V - 287x

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 Cellos
#102263 - 3.12MB, 12 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 490x

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 Continuo (figured)
#102264 - 3.28MB, 12 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 785x

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 Soprano I
#102255 - 2.87MB, 10 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 587x

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 Soprano II
#102256 - 2.21MB, 7 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/V/V - 323x

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 Alto
#102257 - 2.10MB, 7 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 408x

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 Tenor
#102258 - 2.33MB, 8 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 446x

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 Bass
#102259 - 2.03MB, 7 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 536x

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Fynnjamin (2011/5/16)

PMLP04197-Bach Bm Mass parts 278110185 fl1,2.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Manuscript, n.d.(18th century)

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Manuscript Mus. 2405-D-21. Some paper damage. Color scans.

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Aria: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (No.10)

 Alto (solo)
#209911 - 0.03MB, 1 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- !N/!N/!N - 562x

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 Oboe
#209912 - 0.04MB, 2 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- !N/!N/!N - 424x

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 Violins I
#209913 - 0.04MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 249x

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 Violins II
#209914 - 0.04MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 170x

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 Violas
#209915 - 0.03MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 148x

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 Cellos/Bassoon
#209916 - 0.03MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 225x

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 Harpsichord
#209917 - 0.09MB, 4 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 332x

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Michrond (2012/4/24)

WIMA.a777-Mass232XAlto.pdf
Editor:

Michel Rondeau

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Michel Rondeau

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Vocal Scores

 Complete score
#86293 - 9.29MB, 166 pp. -  7.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10- V/V/V - 29509x

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worov (2010/12/2)

PMLP04197-bach-messa-h.pdf
Arranger:

Gustav Rösler (1819-1882), piano reduction

Language:

Latin

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d. Plate 8246.

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 Complete Score
#203238 - 15.74MB, 208 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/V/V - 8152x

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Aldona Jones (2012/4/12)

SIBLEY1802.17703.b454-39087011310424score.pdf
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello, 1908. n.p.

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Foreword by Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), 1886; and F.G. Edwards, 1907
This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Kyrie I, Qui sedes, Crucifixus and Agnus Dei

For Piano Solo (Willner)

 Complete Score (and Piano Scores)
#83735 - 1.47MB, 9 (tp, 8) pp. -  9.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/C/30 - 6953x

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Ralph Theo Misch (2010/11/2)

TN-Corona-Collection JS Bach UE C.C. 98.jpg
Arranger:

Arthur Willner (1881–1959)

Publisher Info.:

Corona-Collection. J. S. Bach. II Piano Solo C. 332
Vienna: Universal Edition, n.d.(ca. 1931). Plate C.C. 98

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Public Domain - Non-PD EU [tag/del]

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Scanned at 600dpi grayscale, converted to monochrome.

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Crucifixus

For Mixed chorus and Organ (Machella)

 Complete score
#197685 - 0.07MB, 3 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- !N/!N/!N - 2120x

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Reccmo (2012/4/3)

 Engraving files (Finale)
#197686 - 0.04MB, ? pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 401x

ZIP typeset by Maurizio Machella
Reccmo (2012/4/3)

WIMA.8a7b-BachCrucifixus.pdf
Arranger:

Maurizio Machella

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Maurizio Machella

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For Piano solo (Liszt)
See: Variationen über das Motiv von Bach, S.180, by Franz Liszt

Aria: Agnus Dei

For Cello and Piano (Roth)

 Piano score
#65823 - 0.61MB, 4 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 4295x

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 Cello part
#65824 - 0.20MB, 1 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 1759x

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Generoso (2010/6/1)

PMLP04197-Bach - Aria Agnus Dei from BmMass (Roth) Cello Piano score.pdf
Arranger:

Philipp Roth (1853–1898)

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1895) Plate V.A.1562.

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For Organ (Repasky)

 Complete score
#367269 - 0.09MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 531x

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PMLP04197-Agnus dei Bach D major.pdf
Arranger:

Steve Repasky

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Steve Repasky

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General Information

Work Title Mass in B minor
Alternative Title The Great Catholic Mass
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 232 ; BC.E1
Key B minor
Movements/Sections 4 sections
  • I. Missa (Kyrie & Gloria)
  • II. Symbolum Nicenum (Credo)
  • III. Sanctus
  • IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei et Dona nobis pacem
Year/Date of Composition 1748-49 (August to October)
First Performance 1733-07-23(?) - actually no evidence of work being performed.
First Publication 1833 - Bonn: Simrock (Kyrie and Gloria only)
1845 - Bonn: Simrock (complete)
Language Latin, Greek
Average Duration 135 minutes
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal soli and Mixed Chorus with Orchestra
SSATB soli, mixed chorus (SSAATTBB)
2 flutes, 3 oboes/2 oboes d’amore (A), 2 bassoons
horn (D), 3 trumpets (D), timpani, strings, continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
Bach.de (German)
Bach-Cantatas.com
Mass in B minor - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

Chronology

The Sanctus of the Mass was originally written for SSSATB in 1724 for Christmas; it was revised for SSAATB in the process of copying into the P 180 manuscript. The Kyrie and Gloria of the Mass were originally written 1733 for the Dresden court; some theorize that the Kyrie was a “Trauer-Ode” for Augustus I, and the Gloria a Coronation piece for Augustus II. It is unknown when the Credo was written, however, the manuscript is on a very different kind of paper, and Kobayashi dates it to near the end of Bach’s life. Further evidence of it not being copied wholesale is that the “Et in unum Dominum” was revised to include a separate “Et incarnatus est” movement. Also, the appearance of the “bridge” between the “Confiteor” and “Et expecto” shows clear signs of being a new composition (as does the Adagio introduction to the Kyrie).
The Osanna and Agnus Dei are all verifiable parody movements, but the date of composition is unknown. As Stauffer points out (2003), Bach may have had even more ambitious plans for the “Dona nobis pacem”, but was unable to complete it, and this explicates the extra staves ruled in the manuscript.

Print Sources Consulted

  1. Stauffer, George B. Bach / The Mass in B Minor / The Great Catholic Mass. 2 ed.
Yale Music Masterworks Series. No. 1, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Parodies

  • I. Missa (Kyrie & Gloria)
1-3: Kyrie I, Christe, Kyrie II - Mass in G minor by Hugo Wilderer
4: Gloria in excelsis Deo: possibly a reworking of the end movement of a Köthen concerto?; later Movement I of ''Gloria in excelsis Deo''
7: Gratias agimus tibi: Parody of Movement II of ''Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir''
8: Domine Deus: Movement
  • II. Symbolum Nicenum (Credo)
  • III. Sanctus
  • IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei et Dona nobis pacem

Publication: Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1833), p.95 ("Bach (J.S.) Messe f. 4 Singst. u. Orch. in Hm. Nach dem Autographum gestochen. Erste Lieferung. (Pag. 1–95.) Zürich, Nägeli, Subscriptions-Preis auf beide Lief.")
Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1845), p.42 (Bach (J.S.) Die hohe Messe in Hmoll, nach dem Autographum gestochen. Partitur. 2te Lief. Bonn, Simrock).

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