The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 June 2005

BWV number as yet undetermined

I am just tickled about this:

Experts have discovered a previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach in a German library, a research foundation devoted to the composer said Wednesday.

Historians found the aria in May in the Anna Amalia Library in the eastern city of Weimar, the Bach Archiv foundation said on its Web site.

There was no doubt about the authenticity of the handwritten, two-page score, dated October 1713, said the Leipzig-based foundation. It was the first unknown vocal work by Bach to surface since the discovery of the single-movement cantata fragment "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" (BWV 200) in 1935, the foundation said.

And we'll get to hear it pretty soon, too: music publisher Bärenreiter-Verlag will issue the score this fall, and Sir John Eliot Gardner is working on a recording.

The song, for soprano with strings and continuo, was written for the birthday of the Duke of Saxony-Weimar, for whom Bach was court organist at the time.

I'm thinking this will turn up at lots of recitals in the next couple of years.

(Swiped from Rocket Jones.)

Posted at 6:19 AM to Tongue and Groove

This is fantastic. I'm sure that Peter Schickele will be tickled to hear it as well.

If you don't know of Mr. Schickele, well, that's what Google is for.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe Guy" at 10:09 AM on 9 June 2005

I'm up on Professor Schickele, and his discoveries of works by J. S. Bach's last and least child, P. D. Q. Bach. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:22 AM on 9 June 2005