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'Missa a V Voci [etc.] del Sig. Giov. Seb. Bach. [Erster Teil]'. BWV 232, the B minor Mass., 21 Nov 1846

MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 66

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Full score copied by Johann Friedrich Rietz from a manuscript resembling that in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Am. B. 3. Pencil numbers probably refer to the exemplar. On fol. ii of the first volume (MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 66) Mendelssohn noted, 21 Nov 1846, that he had collated the Kyrie and Gloria with the parts, partly autograph, which are now Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden Musica 2405 D 21 Aut 2, correcting his score by them in ink; pencil marks are his own reminders of dynamics, etc. (See also letter to Klingemann quoted by F. Smend, 'Kritischer Bericht' to J.S.B. Neue Ausgabe [NBA], II. 1, 1956, pp. 60-61). In the 'Symbolum Nicenum' he made alterations from a MS. containing that only, in which violins were substituted for oboi d'amore in 'Et in Spiritum Sanctum', fol. 40, and the bassoon doubled the tenor in 'Confitebor', fol. 44.


  • 21 Nov 1846


89 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German


MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 66

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Helena Deneke, 1973.

Physical Facet

ii + 87 leaves, originally paginated in pencil on lower right hand corners; cut by binder. Leaves irregularly quired. Dry-point marginal ruling, staves ruled according to need. Watermark resembles that of the first part of the St. Matthew Passion, MS. St. Matthew Passion, MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 68. End-papers are the same as MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 68. This volume was rebound, early 20th cent.


Large upright quarto.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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