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Arrangements & Transcriptions of Bach's Works
Vocal Works arranged from Bach’s Works

 

Composer/Arranger

Work

J.S. Bach

Not listed here are Bach’s arrangements of his own music (parodies) in his vocal works, such as Mass in B minor BWV 232, Masses BWV 233-242, Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248, etc.

Neithard Bethke

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (2003)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works.
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Lars Bisgaard

Silvia: Cantata Opera in 3 Acts (1998)
Description: An opera seria with a libretto inspired by Shakespeare, whose music is a compilation of Bach Cantatas, musically mounted and connected by recitatives.
Music: Arias, duets, recitatives & choruses from cantatas.
Text: Johannes Fabricus
Recording: Roland Haraldson: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [T-1]

Volker Bräutigam

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (2003)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works.
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Michael Blake (b 1951)

Strange Land, for counter-tenor, clarinet/bass clarinet, harmonium/accordeon, guitar and violin (1988)
Description: Arrangements of Christe eleison, "Laudamus te and Domine deus from Mass in B minor BWV 232 for the dance by Scott Clark

Jakub Burzyński

Purification Mass (2007)
Description: A reconstruction of Mass for the the Feast of Purification of Virgin Mary, as performed in Leipzig c1740.
Music: Missa Brevis in G minor, BWV 235; Cantata BWV 82 (Alto Versoin); Chorale BWV 437 Wir glauben all an einen Gott; Sanctus in G major, BWV 240; Agnus Dei (Mvt. 26) from Mass in B minor BWV 232; Aria BWV 200; Chorale BWV 382 Mit Fried und Freud.
Text: ?
Recording: Jakub Burzyński: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [C-1]

Andor Gomme

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (1997)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works.
Music: Cantata BWV 198 and choruses from BWV 204, BWV 216, BWV 120a, and BWV 54; recitatives and turba choruses are drawn from Markus-Passion by Reinhard Keiser (actually by Friedrich Nicolaus Brauns).
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Alexander Ferdinand Grychtolik (b 1980)

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (2010)
Description: A first edition of the late version of the St. Mark Passion (from 1744). Made as a stylistic consistent reconstruction, published by Edition Peters.
Text: The text of this unknown later version was discovered 2009 in Saint Petersburg. In this version, Bach added two arias and he made small changes in Picander´s text.

Sofia Gubaidulina (b 1931)

Johannes-Passion = St. John Passion, for soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, two mixed choirs, organ and orchestra (2000)
Desription: Commissioned by the International Bachakademie Stuttgart to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach.
World premiere: September 1, 2000 during the European Music Festival Stuttgart, conducted by Velery Gergiev. First part of the two-work cycle "Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to St. John”. The other composers are: Osvaldo Golijo, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun.
Duration: c100 min
See: Works

Diethard Hellmann

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (1964)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works.
Music: Movements from Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248, Cantatas BWV 198 and BWV 54
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

M.Mrs. P.L. Hillemacher

La Passion d'Edmond Haraucourt (1904)
Description: Drame sacré en six parties, musique de Jean Sébastien
Music: ?
Performance: Performed at the Théatre de l'Odéon in Paris, France in March 1904. See: Poster

André Isoir

J.S. Bach: Te Deum (2000)
Description: An adaptation of Clavier Uebung III with 4-part voces of German Te Deum, Her Gott, dich loben wir, BWV 725 and related chorales.
Text: German Te Deum
Recording: André Isoir: Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works [RO-1] & Maurice Bourbon: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [C-1]

Vladimir Ivanoff

The Arabian Passion according to J.S. Bach (2007)
Description: The work Confronts Bach’s Passions with the disastrous present-day situation in Jesus’ native land, the Middle East, but also with the conflicts between the Arabic world and the West, between believers and those who believe differently, between the future-oriented and the tradition-minded.
Music: Movements from Matthäus-Passion BWV 244; Johannes-Passion BWV 245
Text: in Arabic by ???
Recording: The Arabian Passion according to J.S. Bach

Joseph James

Requiem after J.S. Bach (1999)
Description: A full setting of the text of the Latin Requiem Mass, and each of its parts is a vocal movement based on one of Bach’s keyboard pieces.
Music: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903; Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother in B flat major, BWV 992; 3-Part Inventions; Other keyboard music.
Text: Latin Requiem Mass
Recording: Stephen Barlow: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [T-1]

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)

Die Mutation, für Männerchor und obligates Klavier (1971)
Description: The piano part is J.S. Bach’s WTC 2: Prelude No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889.
Text: Words taken from the titles of J.S. Bach's Four-part chorales.
Recordings:

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)

Chorbuch, für Vokalensemble und Tasteninstrumente (1975-1978)
Description: In the 53 numbers of this composition, the part of the piano and harmonium has been derived from J.S. Bach's chorale settings of the same name
Text:
Recordings:

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)

Sankt-Bach-Passion, für Soli, Chöre und grosses Orchester (1981-1985)
Description:
Text: Text in German compiled by the composer after original documents, chorales, and cantatas.
Recordings:

Rudolf Kelber

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (1998)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from otBach’s works.
Music: Arias from Bach Cantatas; recitatives by Reinhard Keiser, motives by Georg Philipp Telemann and Rudolf Kelber’s additions.
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Johannes H.E Koch

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (1999)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works; based on the reconstruction by Diethard Hellmann,
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Ton Koopman

Markus-Passion BWV 247 (1999)
Description: A reconstruction based on the original text.and music from other Bach’s works.
Music: Chorius from Cantatas BWV 25 & BWV 179; Ton Koopman’s freely composed recitatives.
Text: Original preserved text.
Recordings: Markus-Passion BWV 24T - Recordings

Paul McCreesh

Epiphany Mass (1997)
Description: Epiphany Mass as it might have been celebrated in St. Thomas, Leipzig c1740.
Music: Missa Brevis in F major, BWV 233; Sanctus in D major, BWV 238; Cantatas BWV 65; Cantata BWV 180.
Text: Original texts.
Recording & Discussion: Epiphany Mass - conducted by Paul McCreesh

François Panneton

Bach Requiem for soloists (soprano, alto & bass), choir, 2 oboes, strings & basso continuo (2008)
Description: Requiem that Bach could have written, given the opportunity. It is indeed his music; seamlessly patch-worked together are a number of movements from cantatas, keyboard works and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), organized into the standard Requiem structure.
Text: Latin Requiem Mass
Recording: François Panneton: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [T-1]

François Panneton

Te Deum de Bach for choir, strings, trumpets & timpani (2008)
Music: An adaptation of movements from Bach’s sacred cantatas
Text: Latin Te Deum.
Performance: Performed by François Panneton and the Chœur classique de l’Estrie in May 2008.
Recording: not yet recorded.

Steffen Schleiermacher

Four Pieces, to interpolate the 3rd part of Mass in B minor BWV 232 (2007)
Sinfonia I - Et Expecto Resurrectionem - Osanna II - Sinfonia II
commissioned by Churchmusic Festival Oslo
for mixed choir and orchestra
See: Steffen Schleiermacher: Arrangements/Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

David Sebba

Orpheus Passion - An original opera with music by J.S.Bach (2010)
Concept: Niv Hoffmann, Michael Ajzenstadt, David Sebba
Libretto in Hebrew: David Sebba
Performed by Members of the Israeli Opera Opera Studio & Israel Chamber Orchestra String Quartet with David Sebba (piano and music director), as part of the Spring Rishon LeZion Festival, on March 27, 2010.
Link: Orpheus Passion - A New Original Opera with Music By Bach

Igor Stravinsky

Canonic variations on the Christmas hymn Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 769, transcribed for chorus & orchestra (1956)
Music: Canonic variations for organ on the Christmas hymn Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (II), BWV 769
Text: Choral Text Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her by Martin Luther
Recordings: Igor Stavinsky: cordings of Works for Choir & Orchestra

Jörg Zwicker

Almirante - Opera in three acts with music by Bach, Handel, Fux, H. Purcell, D. Purcell (2007)
Description: A pastiche opera comprising some of the most beautiful Baroque duets for soprano and alto by composers such as Bach, Purcell and G.F. Handel. This is a love story with a supplementary libretto, which creates a dramaturgical framework to the musically diverse masterpieces.
Music: Henry Purcell's Sound the Trumpet; Bach's Gesegnete Christen from Cantata BWV 184; G.F. Handel's Caro - Bella, etc.
Text: Thomas Höft
Recording: Jörg Zwicker: Recordings of Bach’s Vocal Works [C-1]

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (January 2011 - October 2012)
|Thanks to contributors: William Hoffman (November 2010), Laurent Lehman (November 2010)

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