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Introduction to the Commentary

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Bach's autograph score and Arthur Mendel's 1973 Neue Bachausgabe Passio Secundum Johannem (BWV 245) form the textual and musical basis for this commentary. The autograph score and the editor's Kritischer Bericht on the work have been consulted in conjunction with the score. The Kritischer Bericht provides a wealth of further background information on the development and transmission of the work.

Keywords: Bach's autograph score; commentary; Kritischer Bericht



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