A sensational 2005 discovery in Weimar: a manuscript of a previously unknown aria by Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127

1713

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127

— 1713

  1. This is a previously unknown pièce d’occasion of exquisite quality by the great Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

  2. It was composed in 1713 to celebrate the 53rd birthday of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar (1662–1728)

  3. This is the original manuscript of Bach’s sole contribution to the genre of strophic aria

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127  – Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek (Weimar, Germany)
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The fame of Johann Sebastian Bach has only grown in the centuries since his death, and few things bring about as much excitement in the music world as the discovery of a previously-unknown Bach manuscript. This manuscript, discovered in Weimar in 2005, is especially fascinating because it represents the only strophic aria composed by Bach. Made for the Duke of Saxe-Weimar’s birthday, it is a pièce d’occasion of exquisite quality.

Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" BWV 1127

In May 2005, the Leipzig-based musicologist Michael Maul made a sensational discovery in Weimar. He unearthed a manuscript of a sacred aria by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), which was previously completely unknown, while sifting through the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library. It was the first time since 1935 that a new Bach vocal work had been discovered. The aria consisting of twelve verses is written for solo soprano, strings and basso continuo and opens with the words Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn – “everything with God and nothing without him”. It was composed in 1713 to celebrate the 53rd birthday of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar (1662–1728), who employed Bach as court organist from 1708 until 1717. This vocal work represents Bach’s sole contribution to the genre of strophic aria. Each verse is accompanied by basso continuo and followed by a lively string ritornello, making this work a pièce d’occasion of exquisite quality. Not only is the original, recently discovered manuscript presented here, but it is accompanied by a recording of the world première with the soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The English Baroque Soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2005
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1 volume by Christoph Wolff
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