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Johann Sebastian Bach: 'Passions-Musik' ['von J.S. Bach' added in F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy's hand. BWV 244. Chorus parts], c.1829

MS. Mus. d.210

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Eight separate chorus parts (Coro I: Soprano no. 3, Alto no. 12, Tenore no. 2 and Basso no. 2; Coro II: Soprano no. 3, Alto no. 2, Tenore no. 2 and Basso no. 2) of the numbers selected by Mendelssohn for the 1829 performance of J. S. Bach's 'Matthäus-Passion. Copied by several early 19th-century professional hands from MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c.68. Cues were underlined in red ink. The chorale 'Wer hat dich so geschlagen' (numbered 19a, = 37 in NBA II/5) was added in the hand of E. Henschke for the Leipzig performance of 4 Apr 1841 (in all except the 2 bass parts), and is stitched in place (fols. 8, 24, 41, 70, 86 and 102). The parts are said to be one of the sets used for the performance by Mendelssohn in Berlin on 11 March 1829, and Leipzig in 1841, and were sent to William Sterndale Bennett for his guidance when preparing for the first performance in London on 6 April 1854 (see F. G. Edwards, 'Bach's music in England', in The Musical Times vol. 37 (1896), p. 799). The few pencil markings were probably made during rehearsal in Germany and are not, as erroneously mentioned by Edwards, in Mendelssohn's hand. See also p. 147.


  • c.1829


120 Leaves


MS. Mus. d.210


Chorus parts of J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion, all in the same German hand of the early 19th century.

Custodial History

Owned by Messrs. Novello and Co.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Novello and Co., 1952.


  • F. G. Edwards, 'Bach's music in England', The Musical Times , vol. 37 (1896), pp. 585-587, 652-657, 722-726 and 797-800.
  • Peter Ward Jones, 'Mendelssohn's performances of the "Matthäus-Passion": considerations of the documentary evidence', Music & Letters , 97:3 (2016), pp. 409-464.


Oblong quarto.

Repository Details

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