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J. S. Bach: Musicalisches Opfer, 1826

MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 102

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J. S. Bach's Musikalisches Opfer (BWV 1079). In the hand of Eduard Rietz (1802-1832). Apparently copied from the 1747 edition (including the dedication). The 'Canones diversi' and the Sonata are not present, suggesting that it was copied from an incomplete copy. It was a gift from Rietz to Mendelssohn in 1826, as recorded in a list of the Mendelssohns' music library from the 1820s (see Rudolf Elvers and Peter Ward Jones, 'Das Musikalienverzeichnis von Fanny und Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy', Mendelssohn-Studien, 8 (1993), p. 90. It corresponds to the 'Mus. Opfer, v. Ritz geschrieben' in Mendelssohn's 1844 list of his music (cf. MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 49, fols. 29-30, transcribed in vol. III of Catalogue of the Mendelssohn papers in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, compiled by Peter Ward Jones (Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1989), p. 286).


  • 1826


21 Leaves


MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 102

Custodial History

Presumably given by Margaret Deneke to Ernest Walker, whose stamped signature appears on fol. 2v.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.

Physical Facet

Binding: Turquoise paper-covered boards.



Repository Details

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