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Johann Friedrich Fasch
Brockes-Passion, FWV F:1



German Title

Brockes Passion (Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus)

English Title

Passion after Barthold Heinrich Brockes (Jesus who Suffered and Died for the Sins of the World)


Oratorio Passion for Good Friday


Composed and performed by Johann Friedrich Fasch in:
- 1723, largely based upon a report in the composer's autobiography that he wrote a "strong" Passion in his first year as Kapellmeister in Zerbst (Most sources) or
- 1717-1719, when J.F. Fasch was in charge of the music at a local church in Greiz.(Liner notes by Nigel Springthorpe to the recording of the work on Naxos, 2007) or
- c1730 (Liner notes by Axel Weidenfeld to the recording of Stölzels Brockes-Passion on CPO, 1998) or
- Not known (Brian Clark writes that the extant church records make no mention of the piece. The only thing that suggests it may be an earlier work is the used of arias with only two obbligato instruments - almost unknown in his later music)

Performance by J.S. Bach: not known.


Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1712)
The text is a substantially shortened version (only 30 movements) of the famous libretto Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus (Jesus Tortured and Dying for the Sins of the World), with some alterations and additions written probably by the composer himself.
Beyond considerably shortening B.H. Brockes' poem, J.F. Fasch also made changes to several recitatives and added five chorales and two arias to the text that are missing in B.H. Brockes' libretto. An appendix to the Leipzig score indicates that Part I should end with a chorale, Herr, laß dein bitter Leiden, and another chorale, Ein Lämmlein geht' should open the second part. These changes give the work a more conventional and cohesive structure in accordance with the 18th-century German liturgical Passion tradition, where each part is framed by chorales.

Germnan Text with English Translation [PDF, Naxos]


Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, strings and B.c

Evangelist - Tenor
Jesus - Bass
Daughter of Zion - Soprano



J.F. Fasch's Mich von Stricke comes down to us in two differing manuscript copies, one in the Leipzig Städtische Bibliothek, the other at the University of Chicago Library. It would appear that the more complete and more richly orchestrated Leipzig score is the later version. The provenance of the extant scores suggests that these manuscripts were prepared by, or for, contemporary musicians, possibly after the death of the composer. Thus it seems probable that neither source represents the definite version created by J.F. Fasch.

FWV F: 1 Der für die Sünden der Welt leidende und sterbende Jesus, "Passio Jesu Christi" for SATB (soli and choir), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, strings and B.c

score and parts based on the primary sources held in Leipzig and Chicago, prepared by Nigel Springthorpe and Mary Térey-Smith for a Naxos recording, see Naxos 8.570326, 2007
FWV F: 1 Passio Jesu Christi
for SATB (soli and choir) and instruments [=Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus. (Brockes-Passion], ed. Rolf Haas; München: Strube (=Edition 1148: Passio Jesu Christi)] [copy at Fasch Archive Zerbst]
FWV F: 1 Der für die Sünden der Welt leidende und sterbende Jesus
"Brockes-Passion" for SATB (soli and choir) and orchestra, performing materials prepared by Rüdiger Pfeiffer; 1991/92 [quoted in Pfeiffer, R.: J. F. Fasch. Leben und Werk, p. 153; Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel 1994]




Music Examples


Liner notes by Nigel Springthorpe to the recording of the work on Naxos (2007)
Message from Brian Clark (October 1, 2010)



Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

Brockes-Passion - Discussions


Complete Recordings


J.F. Fasch: Passio Jesu Christi [V-1]


J.F. Fasch: Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5 [23:34]
J.F. Fasch: Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion" [47:50]

Mary Terey-Smith

Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis (Chorus-master: Tamás Bubnó) / Capella Savaria (Leader: Szolt Kalló)

Tenor [Evangelist]: Zoltán Megyesi; Bass [Jesus]: Péter Cser; Soprano [Dauther of Zion]: Mária Zádori

Naxos 8.570328

Oct 8-10, 2006

CD / TT: 71:24

Recorded at Don Bosco Concert Room, Szombathely, Hungary.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (October 2010)
Thanks to contributors: William Hoffman (October 2010)

Johann Friedrich Fasch: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works | Cantata Gehet zu seinen Thoren ein, FWV D:G 1 | Brockes-Passion, FWV F:1 | Johann Friedrich Fasch & Bach | Music Examples

Barthold Heinrich Brockes: Short Biography | Brockes-Passion - Discussions
J.F. Fasch:
Brockes-Passion, FWV F:1 | G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48 | R. Keiser: Brockes-Passion | J. Mattheson: Brockes-Passion | G.H. Stölzel: Brockes-Passion | G.P. Telemann: Brockes Passion, TWV 5:1 | J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion BWV 245

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