| Compositions by|
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV; lit. 'Bach works catalogue'; German: [̍ˈbax ˈvɛrkə fɛrˈtsaɪçnɪs] ) is a catalogue of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1950, edited by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue's second edition appeared in 1990. An abbreviated version of that second edition, known as BWV2a, was published in 1998.
The catalogue groups compositions by genre. Even within a genre compositions are not necessarily collated chronologically. E.g., BWV 992 was composed many years before BWV 1. BWV numbers were assigned to 1,126 compositions in the 20th century, and more have been added to the catalogue in the 21st century. The Anhang (Anh.; Annex) of the BWV lists over 200 lost, doubtful and spurious compositions.
The first edition of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis was published in 1950. It allocated a unique number to every known composition by Bach. Wolfgang Schmieder, the editor of that catalogue, grouped the compositions by genre, largely following the 19th-century Bach Gesellschaft (BG) edition for the collation (e.g. BG cantata number = BWV number of the cantata):
The Anhang of the BWV listed works that were not suitable for the main catalogue, in three sections:
Within each section of the Anhang the works are sorted by genre, following the same sequence of genres as the main catalogue.
Schmieder published the BWV's second edition in 1990, with some modifications regarding authenticity discriminations, and more works added to the main catalogue and the Anhang. Several compositions were repositioned in the over-all structure of chapters organised by genre and Anhang sections.In 1998 Alfred Dürr and Yoshitake Kobayashi published a small edition of the catalogue, based on the 1990 second edition. This edition, known as BWV2a, contained a few further updates and collation rearrangements.
New additions (Nachträge) to BWV2/BWV2a included:
Numbers above BWV 1126 were added in the 21st century. A new revised version of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis has been announced by the Bach Archive for publication in 2020.
The numbers assigned to compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and by others in the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis are widely used for the unique identification of these compositions.
BWV numbers 1 to 1126 appear in the 1998 edition of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis.
BWV numbers above 1126 were assigned from the first decade of the 21st century.
|1||BWV||Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (lit. 'Bach-works-catalogue'; BWV) numbers. Anhang (Annex; Anh.) numbers are indicated as follows:|
|2||2a||Section in which the composition appears in BWV2a: |
|3||Date||Date associated with the completion of the listed version of the composition. Exact dates (e.g. for most cantatas) usually indicate the assumed date of first (public) performance. When the date is followed by an abbreviation in brackets (e.g. JSB for Johann Sebastian Bach) it indicates the date of that person's involvement with the composition as composer, scribe or publisher.|
|4||Name||Name of the composition: if the composition is known by a German incipit, that German name is preceded by the composition type (e.g. cantata, chorale prelude, motet, ...)|
|5||Key||Key of the composition|
|6||Scoring||See scoring table below for the abbreviations used in this column|
|7||BG||Bach Gesellschaft-Ausgabe (BG edition; BGA): numbers before the colon indicate the volume in that edition. After the colon an Arabic numeral indicates the page number where the score of the composition begins, while a Roman numeral indicates a description of the composition in the Vorwort (Preface) of the volume.|
|8||NBE|| New Bach Edition (German: Neue Bach-Ausgabe, NBA): Roman numerals for the series, followed by a slash, and the volume number in Arabic numerals. A page number, after a colon, refers to the "Score" part of the volume. Without such page number, the composition is only described in the "Critical Commentary" part of the volume. The volumes group Bach's compositions by genre: |
|9||Additional info||may include: |
Provenance of standard texts and tunes, such as Lutheran hymns and their chorale melodies, Latin liturgical texts (e.g. Magnificat) and common tunes (e.g. Folia), are not usually indicated in this column. For an overview of such resources used by Bach, see individual composition articles, and overviews in, e.g., Chorale cantata (Bach)#Bach's chorale cantatas, List of chorale harmonisations by Johann Sebastian Bach#Chorale harmonisations in various collections and List of organ compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach#Chorale Preludes.
|10||BD||Bach Digital Work page|
|Voices (see also SATB)|
|alto (solo part)||alto (choir part)||bass (solo part)||bass (choir part)||soprano (solo part)||soprano (choir part)||tenor (solo part)||tenor (choir part)||voice (includes parts for unspecified voices or instruments as in some canons)||vocal music for unspecified voice type|
|Winds and battery (bold = soloist)|
|bassoon (can be part of Bc, see below)||bell(s) (musical bells)||cornett, cornettino||flute (traverso, flauto dolce, piccolo, flauto basso)||natural horn, corno da caccia, corno da tirarsi, lituo||oboe||oboe d'amore||oboe da caccia||taille||trombone||tromba da tirarsi||timpani||tromba (natural trumpet, clarino trumpet)|
|Strings and keyboard (bold = soloist)|
|basso continuo: Vdg, Hc, Vc, Bas, Org, Vne and/or Lu||harpsichord||keyboard (Hc, Lw, Org or clavichord)||lute, theorbo||Lautenwerck (lute-harpsichord)||organ (/man. = manualiter, without pedals)||strings: Vl I, Vl II and Va||viola(s), viola d'amore, violetta||violoncello, violoncello piccolo||viola da gamba||violin(s), violino piccolo||violone, violone grosso|
|green||extant or clearly documented partial or complete manuscript (copy) by Bach and/or first edition under Bach's supervision|
|yellow||extant or clearly documented manuscript (copy) or print edition, in whole or in part, by close relative, i.e. brother (J. Christoph), wife (A. M.), son (W. F. / C. P. E. / J. C. F. / J. Christian) or son-in-law (Altnickol)|
|orange-brown||extant or clearly documented manuscript (copy) by close friend and/or pupil (Kellner, Krebs, Kirnberger, Walther, ...), or distant family member|
|1127||1713-10-30||Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn"||s Str Bc||Sppl: 237||text by Mylius, J. A.||01307|
|1128||II||1725-08-27||Chorale fantasia Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält||Organ||was BWV Anh. 71||01725|
|1129||c. 1742–1745||music theory Theoretische Aufzeichnungen zum fünfstimmigen Satz||Sppl: 63||11582|
|1130||c. 1742–1743||music theory Theoretische Aufzeichnungen zum Kontrapunkt||Sppl: 45||11583|
|1131||c. 1743–1746||music theory Regeln zum Gebrauch von Synkopen im doppelten Kontrapunkt||Sppl: 41||11584|
|1132||c. 1736–1739||Counterpoint studies with W. F. Bach||Sppl: 67||11585|
|1133||c. 1740–1745||thorough-bass rules I Einige höchst nöthige Regeln vom General Basse||V/4: 131|
|1134||1738?||thorough-bass rules II Precepts and Principles For Playing the Thorough-Bass or Accompanying in Four Parts||Sppl: 3||11587|
|1135||I||1724-03-25||Cantata Siehe, eine Jungfrau ist schwanger (25 March: Annunciation)||was BWV Anh. 199; text extant||01510|
|Cantata Liebster Gott, vergißt du mich (1711: libretto for Trin. VII; 1725: Trin. XV?; 1727, with BWV 157.1: funeral in Pomßen)||was BWV Anh. 209; text by Lehms||01520|
|1137||I||1729-10-23?||Cantata (sketch: Gott, du Richter der Gedanken for Trinity XIX by Picander?)||SATB Vl Str Bc||III/1||was BWV Anh. 2; in SBB P 36: 18||01309|
|1138.1||I||1709-02-04||Cantata for Ratswahl in Mühlhausen No. 2||was BWV Anh. 192||01503|
|1138.2||1710-02-04||Cantata for Ratswahl in Mühlhausen No. 3||lost||11382|
|1139.1||I||1725-08-27||Cantata Wünschet Jerusalem Glück (council election)||was BWV Anh. 4; text by Picander; → BWV 1139.2||01311|
|1139.2||I||1730-06-27||Cantata Wünschet Jerusalem Glück (200th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession)||was BWV Anh. 4a; text by Picander; after BWV 1139.1||01312|
|1140||I||1730-08-25||Cantata Gott, gib dein Gerichte dem Könige (council election)||I/32.2||was BWV Anh. 3; text by Picander||01310|
|1141||I||1740-08-29||Cantata Herrscher des Himmels, König der Ehren (council election)||I/32.2||was BWV Anh. 193; text extant; last mvt. → BWV 208/15||01504|
|1142||1716-04-02||Cantata Was ist, das wir Leben nennen (funeral service for Johann Ernst of S.-W.)||text extant||01531|
|1143||4.||1729-03-24||Cantata Klagt, Kinder, klagt es aller Welt (funeral of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen; music lost but partially reconstructible)||I/34||was BWV 244a; text by Picander; ↔ BWV 198/1, /10, 244b/6, /8, /39, /49, /57, /23, /20, /65, /13, /68||00305|
|1144||I||1725-02-12||Cantata Sein Segen fließt daher wie ein Strom (wedding)||was BWV Anh. 14; text extant||01322|
|1145||I||1729-01-18||Cantata Der Herr ist freundlich dem, der auf ihn harret (wedding)||was BWV Anh. 211; text by Picander||01522|
|1146||I||1729-07-26||Cantata Vergnügende Flammen, verdoppelt die Macht (wedding)||was BWV Anh. 212; text by Picander||01523|
|1147||I||1718-12-10||Cantata Lobet den Herrn, alle seine Heerscharen (birthday of Leopold of A.-K.)||I/34||was BWV Anh. 5; text by Hunold||01313|
|1148||I||1724-04-27||Cantata Siehe, der Hüter Israel (doctorate)||SATB 3Tr Tmp 2Ob 3Vl Va Bc||I/34||was BWV Anh. 15; lost||01323|
|Cantata Ihr wallenden Wolken (New Year)||b 2Fl Str Vc Hc Bc||I/4||was BWV Anh. 197; lost||01508|
|1151||I||1720-01-01||Secular cantata Dich loben die lieblichen Strahlen der Sonne (New Year)||I/35||was BWV Anh. 6; text by Hunold||01314|
|1152||I||1723-01-01||Secular cantata for New Year (congratulation of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen and his wife Frederica Henriette)||I/35||was BWV Anh. 8; lost||01316|
|1153||I||1720-12-10||Secular cantata Heut ist gewiß ein guter Tag (birthday of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen)||I/35||was BWV Anh. 7; text by Hunold||01315|
|1154||I||1722-07-29||Cantata O vergnügte Stunden (birthday of John Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst)||was BWV Anh. 194; text extant||01505|
|1155||I||1723-08-09||Ode in Latin (birthday of Frederick II of Saxe-Gotha)||I/38||was BWV Anh. 20; lost||01328|
|1156||I||1727-05-12||Secular cantata Entfernet euch, ihr heitern Sterne (57th birthday of Augustus II)||I/36||was BWV Anh. 9; text by Haupt, C. F.; /1 → BWV 232 II/6?||01317|
|1157||I||1732-08-03||Secular cantata Es lebe der König, der Vater im Lande (name day of Augustus II)||I/36||was BWV Anh. 11; text by Picander; /1 & /11 → BWV 215/1 → 232IV/1=/3; /7 → 248/39?; /9 → 212/14||01319|
|1158||I||1733-08-03||Secular cantata Frohes Volk, vergnügte Sachsen (name day of Augustus III)||I/36||was BWV Anh. 12; text by Picander; after BWV Anh. 18; /1 → BWV 11/1||01320|
|1159||1739-10-07||Secular cantata "Serenade" (birthday of Augustus III)||lost||01536|
|1160||I||1731-08-25||Secular cantata So kämpfet nur, ihr muntern Töne (birthday of Joachim Friedrich von Flemming )||I/39||was BWV Anh. 10; text by Picander; /1 → BWV 248 VIa/1?||01318|
|1161||I||1738-04-28||Secular cantata Willkommen! Ihr herrschenden Götter der Erden in honour of the royal couple (Augustus III and Maria Josepha), and for the forthcoming marriage of princess Maria Amalia with Charles of Sicily||I/37||was BWV Anh. 13; text by Gottsched, J. C. in Riemersche Chronik||01321|
|1162||I||1732-06-05||Secular cantata Froher Tag, verlangte Stunden (inauguration of St. Thomas school after renovation)||I/39||was BWV Anh. 18; text by Winckler; /1 → BWV 11/1; /1 /3 /5 /6 /8 /10 → BWV Anh. 12||01326|
|1163||I||1725-11-27||Secular cantata Auf, süß entzückende Gewalt (wedding of Peter, eldest son of Peter Hohmann, and Christiana Sibylla Mencke)||I/40||was BWV Anh. 196; text by Gottsched, C.; /3 → BWV 11/4 → 232IV/4; /5 → BWV 11/8||01507|
|Motet Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn||F min.||2SATB||39: 157||III/3: 3||by Bach, J. Christoph?; was BWV Anh. 159; ↔ BWV 421 (/2)||01470|
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Johann Ludwig Bach was a German composer and violinist.