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Bach, Johann Sebastian
THE CORRECTED PROOF OF THE EIGHT ENGRAVED CHORAL PARTS FOR THE "ST MATTHEW PASSION" BWV 244, [BERLIN: SCHLESINGER, C.1831]
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Bach, Johann Sebastian
THE CORRECTED PROOF OF THE EIGHT ENGRAVED CHORAL PARTS FOR THE "ST MATTHEW PASSION" BWV 244, [BERLIN: SCHLESINGER, C.1831]
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Bach, Johann Sebastian
THE CORRECTED PROOF OF THE EIGHT ENGRAVED CHORAL PARTS FOR THE "ST MATTHEW PASSION" BWV 244, [BERLIN: SCHLESINGER, C.1831]
FIRST EDITION, 8 volumes, 8vo (c.27.5 x 18.5cm), engraved throughout, plate no.1687, for two four-part choruses (78 numbers), WITH EDITORIAL ALTERATIONS AND CORRECTIONS IN RED CRAYON THROUGHOUT, no title pages, unpressed & uncut,original stitching, in a nineteenth-century card slipcase,

the volumes titled above the music: "Erster Theil Canto Coro Io [...Alto ...Tenor ...Basso]", each 28 pages, and: "Soprano Coro IIo [Alto... Tenor... Basso...]", 26, 27, 27 & 27 pages, some light foxing, small tear to final leaf of Basso Coro IIo


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Literature

Schmieder p.423; Fuld, p.171; not in RISM or Hoboken.

Catalogue Note

THESE CHORAL PARTS ARE OF THE UTMOST RARITY: they are not in the British Library, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, or the Bach-Archiv, Leipzig. We have only traced one other copy at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, Ohio.  Corrected proofs such as these are rarely encountered and are of the greatest interest.

This edition of the parts was produced by the Berlin publisher A.M. Schlesinger in 1831, the year after the appearance of his first edition of the full and vocal scores of Bach's masterpiece. This is an engraved proof for the separate choral parts (no.1687 in Schlesinger's Plate Books), without a title page, and extensively corrected in red crayon. It is an early proof: in the 'Canto Coro Io' part, the start of the 'Zweiter Theil' ("no.36") is crossed through in red crayon (pp.13-14), because the engraver had copied the complete Alto part in their place. Similarly, in the Chorale ("No.16"), on page 6 of the 'Tenor Coro Io' part, the opening of the bass part was engraved in place of the tenor.  The editor has also inserted missing notes, rests, accidentals, dynamic markings, and altered pitches, rhythms, the text, phrasing, and tempo-markings. The Riemenschneider copy is a later printing, incorporating some of the corrections made in this copy. For example, on p.6 the tenor part is re-engraved in the later printing. The wrongly engraved No.36 in the Canto part remains uncorrected, but the plate appears to be in a later state. Sotheby's is happy to acknowledge the kind assistance of Dr Christina Fuhrmann concerning the Riemenschneider copy.

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