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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Jesus, my salvation BWV 227

Motet – "Jesu, meine Freude"
Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

forMixed choir (SSATB); instruments colla parte, basso continuo ad lib.
Musical EditionsScore (Urtext edition)
Item no.226945
Author / ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
TextJohann Franck
EditorGünter Graulich
Languagesgerman, english
Scope48 pages; 21 × 30 cm
Duration25 minutes
Release year2002
Publisher / ProducerCarus Verlag
Producer No.CV 31.227/00


For many choral singers Jesu, meine Freude is not just a motet by Bach, but the motet par excellence. Bach’s motets as a whole have to be described as exceptional works, but even amongst these this is an exceptional work which is out of the ordinary not only in terms of its length. The formal conception, with its alternating chorale and Bible verses in 11 sections in a symmetrical structure, is also unique.

The motet was very probably composed for a funeral, but no further details about this are known. By comparison, there are clear indications that the motet, as we now know it, was probably not composed in one go, but was composed over a long period of time.

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