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Johann Sebastian Bach, Matthäuspassion (BWV 244) chorus parts

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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. 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 W. 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.


  • Creation: said to have been performed in Berlin, 11 March 1829


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German

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MS. Mus. d. 210

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CMD ID 7979


Eight separate chorus parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass of Coro I and Coro II), all in the same German hand of the early 19th century, of J. S. Bach's St Matthew's Passion.

Biographical / Historical

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Messrs. Novello & 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.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Passion according to St Matthew
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