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IBC Editorial Philosophy

The approach to editing the cantatas of J.S. Bach originated in a single statement made around 1980 by Dr. Gerre Hancock (1934-2012) during an improvisation lesson. We were discussing the accompaniment of Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, the opening chorus of Cantata BWV 68. Almost off-handedly, Dr. Hancock said "You should take a more comprehensive look at the accompaniment of Bach's cantata choruses. You'd be surprised how often the essence of the orchestra can be successfully reduced to three voices or fewer."

This began what has become a decades-long exploration of these works, and of discerning where the kind of treatment Dr. Hancock discussed could be successfully employed. It turns out he was right! A signfiicant number of choruses, arias, and duets in J.S. Bach's church cantatas can be effectively accompanied by employing a solo stop with continuo-like accompaniment, by a trio sonata texture, or by a single-manual reduction.

Of course, it is one thing to solve such a puzzle on paper, and another altogether to present the works in performance such that a listener isn't aware anything has been left out. In the 1990's, Gary Harney directed an ensemble in Huntsville, Alabama known as "The Bach Consort," which presented many J.S. Bach's cantatas in this manner at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Huntsville.

The Immanuel Bach Consort (IBC) is a continuation of this endeavor, now in historic Old New Castle, Delaware. For some IBC performances, the cantatas have been reduced so that the quartet of soloists is accompanied by organ alone. Where this is the case, Gary Harney has made every effort to create idiomatic organ parts that can be played by capable church organists. This has, on occasion, required additional reduction, especially in creating effective and playable pedal parts. For some cantatas, IBC has used one or two instrumentalists (e.g., Baroque oboe and violin) and continuo. These scores presume fine instrumentalists plus harpsichord or chamber organ.

All the J.S. Bach's scores carry a dedication to Dr. Gerre Hancock, the inspiration for this experiment. The process of preparing scores for public dissemination is just beginning. As we verify in performance that a given chorus, aria, duet, or complete cantata works when performed from this edition, the scores will be added to this page for download. Keep checking back from time to time to see what is new!

Gary Harney, 2013

 

BWV

Mvt. > Details

Title > Score

Instrumentaion

Time

4

Complete Cantata

Christ lag in Todes Banden | Violin Part

Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus, Violin, and Harpsichord (Verse 7 sung to the music of Verse 1)

22:00

10

Complete Cantata

Meine Seel erhebt den Herren | Oboe part | Violin part

SATB, Chorus, Oboe, Violin, and Keyboard

18:30

21

Mvt. 9: Chorus w/ Chorale

Sei nun wieder zufrieden

SATB chorus & organ

4:30

28

Mvt. 2: Chorus (Chorale)

Nun lob, mein Seel

SATB chorus (motet style) and keyboard

3:30

29

Mvt. 2: Chorus

Wir danken dir, Gott (original key) | Wir danken dir, Gott (down a step)

SATB chorus & organ

2:30

38

Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale)

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir

SATB chorus (motet style) and keyboard

4:00

61

Complete Cantata

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Chorus, Violin, and Organ

16:00

67

Mvt. 1: Chorus

Halt im gedächtnis Jesum Christ (original key) | Halt im gedächtnis Jesum Christ (down a step)

SATB chorus & organ

3:15

68

Complete Cantata

Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

Soprano, Bass, Chorus, and Organ

15:00

68

Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale)

Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

SATB chorus & organ

5:00

68

Mvt. 2: Aria [S]

Mein gläubiges Herze

Soprano aria with organ

2:15

68

Mvt. 5: Chorus

Wer an ihn gläubet

SATB chorus & organ

3:30

75

Mvt. 10: Aria [A]

Jesus macht mich geistlich reich

Alto aria with organ or harpsichord

2:30

79

Mvt. 3: Chorale

Nun danket alle Gott (original key) | Nun danket alle Gott (down a step)

SATB chorus & organ

2:00

82

Complete Cantata

Ich habe genung! | Violin Part

Bass, Violin & Harpsichord

23:00

84

Complete Cantata

Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke

Soprano and Harpsichord (SATB for chorale only)

13:30

104

Mvt. 1: Chorus

Du Hirte Israel, höre

SATB chorus & organ

4:30

104

Mvt. 5: Aria [B]

Beglückte Herde, Jesu Schafe

Bass aria with organ

7:30

106

Mvt. 4: Chorus (Chorale)

Glorie, Lob, Ehr, und Herrlichkeit

SATB chorus & organ

3:00

107

Mvt. 1: Chorus

Was willst du dich betrüben

SATB chorus & organ

4:00

107

Mvt. 7: Chorus (Chorale)

Herr gib, daß ich dein Ehre

SATB chorus & organ

2:30

122

Mvt. 1: Chorus

Das neuegeborne Kindelein

SATB chorus & organ (Moderately easy)

3:15

129

Mvt. 2: Aria [B]

Gelobet sei der Herr

Bass aria with organ or harpsichord

3:45

144

Complete Cantata

Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin

Harpsichord

 

147

Mvt. 10: Chorale

Jesus bleibet meine Freude

SATB chorus & organ

3:00

161

Mvt.6: Chorale

Der Leib zwar in der Erden (Passion Chorale) [German]

SATB chorus and organ - Ornamented chorale

2:00

161

Mvt.6: Chorale

In this thy bitter Passion [English]

SATB chorus and organ - Ornamented chorale

2:00

182

Complete Cantata

Himmelskönig, sei willkommen | Flauto dolce part | Violin part

ATB, Chorus, Flauto dolce, Violin, & Keyboard

27:30

167

Mvt. 5: Chorus (Chorale)

Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren

SATB chorus & organ

2:30

179

Mvt. 1: Chorus

Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht

SATB chorus & organ

2:15

180

Complete Cantata

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele | Violin Part | Flute Part

Violin, flute, & continuo

 
         
 

Prepared by Gary Harney (December 2014 - October 2016)
Source:
Immanuel Bach Consort

Warning: © Gary Harney, 2014
The Score Editions listed in this page may be freely distributed, duplicated, performed, or recorded, provided that the author name and the source would be mentioned.


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Discussions: Scores of Bach Cantatas: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Bach’s Manuscripts: | Part 1 | Part 2 | Scoring of Bach's Vocal Works
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