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Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Combined movement editions

Choruses, Part I

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Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-14).   Score information: A4, 50 pages, 2.53 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only

Choruses, Part II

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Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-14).   Score information: A4, 50 pages, 2.75 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only

Collected chorales

Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 1999-07-07).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: revised 5/27/00. 12 chorales.

Individual movements

Part I

(1) Chorus: Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen (I.II, Soprano in ripieno)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 668 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(2) Evangelista, Jesus: Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte (I: Tenore, Basso)

(3) Choral: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(4a) Evangelista: Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester (I: Tenore)

(4b) Chori: Ja nicht auf das Fest (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(4c) Evangelista: Da nun Jesus war zu Bethanien (I: Tenore)

(4d) Chorus: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat (I)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(4e) Evangelista, Jesus: Da das Jesus merkete (I: Tenore, Basso)

(5) Recitativo: Du lieber Heiland du (I: Alto)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(6) Aria: Buß und Reu (I: Alto)

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Editor: Emily Chase (submitted 2013-04-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 149 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Source: www.lyribox.com
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(7) Evangelista, Judas: Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer (I: Tenore, Basso)

(8) Aria: Blute nur, du liebes Herz (II: Soprano)

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Editor: Emily Chase (submitted 2013-04-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Source: www.lyribox.com

(9a) Evangelista: Aber am ersten Tage der süßen Brot (I: Tenore)

(9b) Chorus: Wo willst du, daß wir dir bereiten (I)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(9c–e) Evangelista, Jesus: Er sprach: Gehet hin in die Stadt / Chorus: Herr, bin ichs

(9c) Evangelista, Jesus: Er sprach: Gehet hin in die Stadt (I: Tenore, Basso)

(9d) Evangelista: Und sie wurden sehr betrübt (I: Tenore)

(9e) Chorus: Herr, bin ichs (I)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(10) Choral: Ich bins, ich sollte büßen (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(11) Evangelista, Jesus, Judas: Er antwortete und sprach (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(12) Recitativo: Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt (I: Soprano)

(13) Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (I: Soprano)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(14) Evangelista, Jesus: Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten (I: Tenore, Basso)

(15) Choral: Erkenne mich, mein Hüter (I.II)

See also O sacred head for an English version

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(16) Evangelista, Jesus, Petrus: Petrus aber antwortete und sprach zu ihm (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(17) Choral: Ich will hier bei dir stehen (I.II)

See also O sacred head for an English version

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(18) Evangelista, Jesus: Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe (I: Tenore, Basso)

(19) Recitativo: O Schmerz! hier zittert das gequälte Herz / Was ist die Ursach (I: Tenore; II: Chorus)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(20) Aria: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen / So schlafen unsre Sünden ein (I: Tenore; II: Chorus)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 420 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(21) Evangelista, Jesus: Und ging hin ein wenig (I: Tenore, Basso)

(22) Recitativo: Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder (II: Basso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(23) Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (II: Basso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(24) Evangelista, Jesus: Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern (I: Tenore, Basso)

(25) Choral: Was mein Gott will, das gscheh allzeit (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(26) Evangelista, Jesus, Judas: Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(27a, b) Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen / Chori: Sind Blitze, sind Donner

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 304 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(27a) Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (I: Soprano, Alto, II: Chorus)

(27b) Chori: Sind Blitze, sind Donner (I.II)

(28) Evangelista, Jesus: Und siehe, einer aus denen (I: Tenore, Basso)

(29) Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (I.II, Soprano in ripieno)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 428 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

Part II

(30) Aria: Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin (I: Alto; II: Chorus)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(31) Evangelista: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (I: Tenore)

(32) Choral: Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht’ (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(33) Evangelista, Pontifex, Testis I, II: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten (I: Tenore, Basso; II: Alto, Tenore)

(34) Recitativo: Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille (II: Tenore)

(35) Aria: Geduld (II: Tenore)

(36a, b) Evangelista, Pontifex, Jesus: Und der Hohepriester antwortete / Chori: Er ist des Todes schuldig

(36a) Evangelista, Pontifex, Jesus: Und der Hohepriester antwortete und sprach zu ihm (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(36b) Chori: Er ist des Todes schuldig (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(36c, d) Evangelista: Da speieten sie aus / Chori: Weissage uns, Christe

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(36c) Evangelista: Da speieten sie aus (I: Tenore)

(36d) Chori: Weissage uns, Christe (I.II)

(37) Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(38a) Evangelista, Ancilla I, II, Petrus: Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast (I: Tenore, Soprano, Soprano, Basso)

(38b, c) Chorus: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen / Evangelista, Petrus: Da hub er an, sich zu verfluchen

(38b) Chorus: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen (II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(38c) Evangelista, Petrus: Da hub er an, sich zu verfluchen (I: Tenore, Basso)

(39) Aria: Erbarme dich (I: Alto)

Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2002-09-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 260 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: full score. XML file is zipped into MXL one.

(40) Choral: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(41a, b) Evangelista, Judas: Des Morgens aber / Chori: Was gehet uns das an

(41a) Evangelista, Judas: Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester (I: Tenore, Basso)

(41b) Chori: Was gehet uns das an (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(41c) Evangelista, Pontifex I, II: Und er warf die Silberlinge in den Tempel (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(42) Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder (II: Basso)

(43) Evangelista, Pilatus, Jesus: Sie hielten aber einen Rat (I: Tenore, Basso, Basso)

(44) Choral: Befiehl du deine Wege (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(45a, b) Evangelista, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chori: Auf das Fest aber / Barrabam! / Chori: Laß ihn kreuzigen

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(45a) Evangelista, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chori: Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger Gewohnheit (I: Tenore, Basso, Soprano; I.II: Chori)

(45b) Chori: Laß ihn kreuzigen (I.II)

(46) Choral: Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(47) Evangelista, Pilatus: Der Landpfleger sagte (I: Tenore, Basso)

(48) Recitativo: Er hat uns allen wohlgetan (I: Soprano)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(49) Aria: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (I: Soprano)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(50a–e) Evangelista, Pilatus, Chori: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr / Laß ihn kreuzigen / Sein Blut komme

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(50a) Evangelista: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr (I: Tenore)

(50b) Chori: Laß ihn kreuzigen (I.II)

(50c) Evangelista, Pilatus: Da aber Pilatus sahe (I: Tenore, Basso)

(50d) Chori: Sein Blut komme über uns (I.II)

(50e) Evangelista: Da gab er ihnen Barrabam los (I: Tenore)

(51) Recitativo: Erbarm es Gott (II: Alto)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(52) Aria: Können Tränen meiner Wangen (II: Alto)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(53a–c) Evangelista: Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte / Chori: Gegrüßet seist du, Jüdenkönig

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(53a) Evangelista: Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte (I: Tenore)

(53b) Chori: Gegrüßet seist du, Jüdenkönig (I.II)

(53c) Evangelista: Und speieten ihn an (I: Tenore)

(54) Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (I.II)

See also O sacred head for an English version and O caput cruentatum for a latin one

Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2013-03-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
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Editor: Robert Urmann (submitted 2011-04-19).   Score information: Executive, 1 page, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.
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Editor: D.W. Brandcreate page (submitted 2002-12-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Source: Edition Peters

(55) Evangelista: Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten (I: Tenore)

(56) Recitativo: Ja freilich will in uns das Fleisch und Blut (I: Basso)

(57) Aria: Komm, süßes Kreuz (I: Basso)

(58a–d) Evangelista: Und da sie an die Stätte kamen / Chori: Der du den Tempel Gottes zerbrichst / Andern hat er geholfen

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 368 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(58a) Evangelista: Und da sie an die Stätte kamen (I: Tenore)

(58b) Chori: Der du den Tempel Gottes zerbrichst (I.II)

(58c) Evangelista: Desgleichen auch die Hohenpriester (I: Tenore)

(58d) Chori: Andern hat er geholfen (I.II)

(58e) Evangelista: Desgleichen schmäheten ihn auch die Mörder (I: Tenore)

(59) Recitativo: Ach Golgatha (I: Alto)

(60) Aria: Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand / Wohin? (I: Alto; II: Chorus)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(61a–e) Evangelista, Jesus: Und von der sechsten Stunde an / Chorus: Der rufet dem Elias / Halt! laß sehen

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(61a) Evangelista, Jesus: Und von der sechsten Stunde an (I: Tenore, Basso)

(61b) Chorus: Der rufet dem Elias (I)

(61c) Evangelista: Und bald lief einer unter ihnen (I: Tenore)

(61d) Chorus: Halt! laß sehen (II)

(61e) Evangelista: Aber Jesus schriee abermal (I: Tenore)

(62) Choral: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden (I.II)

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Editor: Robert Urmann (submitted 2011-04-19).   Score information: Executive, 1 page, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source file is zipped.
Editor: Vladimir Ursic (submitted 2002-04-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL

(63a–c) Evangelista: Und siehe da / Chorus: Wahrlich, dieser ist Gottes Sohn gewesen

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(63a) Evangelista: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß (I: Tenore)

(63b) Chori in unisono: Wahrlich, dieser ist Gottes Sohn gewesen (I.II)

(63c) Evangelista: Und es waren viel Weiber da (I: Tenore)

(64) Recitativo: Am Abend, da es kühle war (I: Basso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-09-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(65) Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (I: Basso)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-09-27).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 190 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score

(66a–c) Evangelista: Und Joseph nahm den Leib / Chori: Herr, wir haben gedacht

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 192 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(66a) Evangelista: Und Joseph nahm den Leib (I: Tenore)

(66b) Chori: Herr, wir haben gedacht (I.II)

(66c) Evangelista, Pilatus: Pilatus sprach zu ihnen (I: Tenore, Basso)

(67) Recitativo: Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht (I: Soprano, Alto, Tenore, Basso; II: Chorus)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

(68) Chorus: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder (I.II)

Editor: Michael Dreschel (submitted 2003-05-21).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, source file is zipped.

General Information

Title: Matthäus-Passion [St Matthew Passion] BWV 244
Original title: Passio D. N. J. C. secundum Matthaeum
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: Double chorus with Soprano in ripieno
Genre: SacredOratorioPassion

Language: German
Instruments: Double orchestra

  • Chorus I: Flauto dolce I.II, Flauto traverso I.II, Oboe I.II, also Oboe d’amore I.II, also Oboe da caccia I.II; Violino I.II, Viola, Viola da gamba; Continuo (Violoncello, Violone, [Fagotto]), Organo
  • Chorus II: Flauto traverso I.II, Oboe I.II, also Oboe d’amore I.II; Violino I.II, Viola, Viola da gamba; Continuo (Violoncello, Violone, [Fagotto]), Organo (ossia Cembalo)

Published: 1727

External links:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at St Matthew Passion.