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J.S. Bach: Autograph manuscript of the cantata 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein' (BWV 128)

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Autograph composing score of the cantata 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein' (BWV 128) by Johann Sebastian Bach, composed in Leipzig for the feast of Ascension Day, 10 May 1725. The libretto is by Mariana von Ziegler, adapted slightly by the composer.

The manuscript comprises 8 folios (16 pages) in 4 bifolia, written in brown/black iron-gall ink on up to 22 hand-drawn staves per page. With corrections and revisions.

First published in the Bach Gesellschaft edition (1878)

Dates

  • Creation: 1725

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

  • German

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Shelfmark:

MS. Mus. b. 622

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 23724

Abstract

Autograph manuscript of the cantata 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein' (BWV 128) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Biographical / Historical

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer and organist. Details are given in Grove Music Online and many other sources.

Christiana Mariana von Ziegler (1695-1760) was a German poet and writer, active in Leipzig at the time of J.S. Bach, several of whose texts were set by him.

Custodial History

Former owners: Willhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), Halle and Berlin; Carl Philipp Heinrich Pistor (1778-1847), Berlin; Adolf Rudorff (1803-1783); Hofkapellmeister Robert Radecke (1830-1911) and by descent; Musikdirektor Ewald Radecke (1907-1979); By descent through the Radecke family in Switzerland; Sotheby's, London, 22 November 1989, lot 7; Sir Ralph and Lady Kohn (d. 2022) and by descent.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accepted in lieu of Inheritance tax by HM Government in 2024 from the estate of Sir Ralph and Lady Kohn, and allocated to the Bodleian.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogate available in Digital Bodleian.

Bibliography

  • Edition: Neue Bach Ausgabe, I/xii (Kassel, 1960); Kritischer Bericht, ed. A. Dürr, I/xii (Kassel, 1960)
  • Dürr, A., rev. and tr. R.D.P. Jones, The cantatas of J.S. Bach : with their librettos in German-English parallel text (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Marshall, R. L. The composition process of J.S. Bach: a study of the autograph scores of the vocal works (Princeton, 1972)
  • Roe, S. The Kohn collection of music (Sotheby's, 2001)

Physical Facet

4 separate bifolia, stored in modern leather box.

Title
Catalogue of 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein' by J.S. Bach (BWV 128)
Status
Published
Author
Martin Holmes
Date
2024
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

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