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
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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