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BACH CHORAL WORKS - NOTES, TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS

Pianist Alex Taylor recording the keyboard pieces in the Radio 3 In Tune studio

This page is your key to a library of notes, texts and translations for the five major Passions and Oratorios which are broadcast as part of A Bach Christmas. Follow the links below to find the content for each of the works.

Music notes © Lindsay Kemp/BBC. Passions and B minor Mass translations courtesy of BBC Proms and © Universal Classics reproduced on this website by permission. Translations of the Christmas and Easter Oratorios © Z. Philip Ambrose, translator, Web publication: http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/faculty/bach


Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Broadcast Friday 16 December at 7pm (Parts 1-3); Sunday 25 December at 3.30pm (Parts 4-6)

St John Passion BWV 245
Broadcast Sunday 18 December at 2.10pm

Easter Oratorio BWV 249
Broadcast Tuesday 20 December at 1.30pm

St Matthew Passion BWV 244
Broadcast Thursday 22 December at 7pm

Mass in B minor BWV 232
Broadcast Saturday 24 December at 7pm

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