Thursday, June 09, 2005

This is AMAZING!

"A completely unknown composition by Johann Sebastian Bach was discovered at the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany by a researcher from the Leipzig Bach Archive. The discovery was made by Michael Maul in the course of a systematic survey of all central German church, communal, and state archival collections, an ongoing research project begun in 2002 and supported by the Packard Humanities Institute and the William H. Scheide Fund.

"The score in Bach's own hand dates from October 1713 and represents a setting of a strophic aria with ritornello for soprano, strings, and basso continuo composed on the occasion of the 52nd birthday of duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, whom Bach then served as court organist. The twelve-stanza sacred poem with the text incipit "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn ihn" (Everything with God and nothing without him), the duke's motto, was written by the theologian Johann Anton Mylius.

"There has been no previous record of, or reference to, this composition. Moreover, in the seventy years since the 1935 discovery of the single-movement cantata fragment "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" (BWV 200) no unknown authentic vocal work by Bach has come to light."

Thanks, Charles!
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