Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis

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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.

Contents

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.

History

The BWV is a thematic catalogue, thus it identifies every movement of every composition by its first measures, like the opening of BWV 1006, movement 2 (Loure) above Loure bach.png
The BWV is a thematic catalogue, thus it identifies every movement of every composition by its first measures, like the opening of BWV 1006, movement 2 (Loure) above

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): [1]

  1. Kantaten (Cantatas), BWV 1–224
  2. Motetten (Motets), BWV 225–231
  3. Messen, Messensätze, Magnificat (Masses, Mass movements, Magnificat), BWV 232–243
  4. Passionen, Oratorien (Passions, Oratorios), BWV 244–249
  5. Vierstimmige Choräle (Four-part chorales), BWV 250–438
  6. Lieder, Arien, Quodlibet (Songs, Arias and Quodlibet), BWV 439–524
  7. Werke für Orgel (Works for organ), BWV 525–771
  8. Werke für Klavier (Keyboard compositions), BWV 772–994
  9. Werke für Laute (Lute compositions), BWV 995–1000
  10. Kammermusik (Chamber music), BWV 1001–1040
  11. Orchesterwerke (Works for orchestra), BWV 1041–1071, originally in two separate chapters: Concertos (BWV 1041–1065) and Overtures (BWV 1066–1071)
  12. Kanons (Canons), BWV 1072–1078
  13. Musikalisches Opfer, Kunst der Fuge (Musical Offering, Art of the Fugue), BWV 1079–1080

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. [1] 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. [2]

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. [3]

List of compositions by BWV number

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 1–1126

BWV numbers 1 to 1126 appear in the 1998 edition of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis. [2]

Numbers above BWV 1126

BWV numbers above 1126 were assigned from the first decade of the 21st century. [101]

Legend to the table
columncontent
01BWV Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (lit.'Bach-works-catalogue'; BWV) numbers. Anhang (Annex; Anh.) numbers are indicated as follows:
  • preceded by I: in Anh. I (lost works) of BWV1 (1950 first edition of the BWV)
  • preceded by II: in Anh. II (doubtful works) of BWV1
  • preceded by III: in Anh. III (spurious works) of BWV1
  • preceded by N: new Anh. numbers in BWV2 (1990) and/or BWV2a (1998)
022aSection in which the composition appears in BWV2a:
  • Chapters of the main catalogue indicated by Arabic numerals (1-13)
  • Anh. sections indicated by Roman numerals (I–III)
  • Reconstructions published in the NBE indicated by "R"
03DateDate 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.
04NameName 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, ...)
05Key Key of the composition
06ScoringSee scoring table below for the abbreviations used in this column
07BG 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. [107]
08NBE 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: [108]
  1. Cantatas (Vol. 1–34: church cantatas grouped by occasion; Vol. 35–40: secular cantatas; Vol. 41: Varia)
  2. Masses, Passions, Oratorios (12 volumes)
  3. Motets, Chorales, Lieder (4 volumes)
  4. Organ Works (11 volumes)
  5. Keyboard and Lute Works (14 volumes)
  6. Chamber Music (5 volumes)
  7. Orchestral Works (7 volumes)
  8. Canons, Musical Offering, Art of Fugue (3 volumes)
  9. Addenda (approximately 7 volumes)
09Additional infomay include:
  • "after" – indicating a model for the composition
  • "by" – indicating the composer of the composition (if different from Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • "in" – indicating the oldest known source for the composition
  • " pasticcio " – indicating a composition with parts of different origin
  • "see" – composition renumbered in a later edition of the BWV
  • "text" – by text author, or, in source

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.

10BD Bach Digital Work page
Legend for abbreviations in "Scoring" column
Voices (see also SATB)
aAbBsStTvV
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)
BasBelCntFlHnObObaOdcTaiTbnTdtTmpTr
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)
BcHcKbLuLwOrgStrVaVcVdgVlVne
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
Background colours
ColourMeaning
greenextant or clearly documented partial or complete manuscript (copy) by Bach and/or first edition under Bach's supervision
yellowextant 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-brownextant or clearly documented manuscript (copy) by close friend and/or pupil (Kellner, Krebs, Kirnberger, Walther, ...), or distant family member
21st-century additions to the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis as adopted by Bach Digital
BWV2aDateNameKeyScoringBGNBEAdditional infoBD
11271713-10-30 Aria "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn" s Str BcSppl: 237text by Mylius, J. A. 01307
1128II1725-08-27 Chorale fantasia Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält Organwas BWV Anh. 71 [109] 01725
1129c.1742–1745music theory Theoretische Aufzeichnungen zum fünfstimmigen SatzSppl: 63 11582
1130c.1742–1743music theory Theoretische Aufzeichnungen zum KontrapunktSppl: 45 11583
1131c.1743–1746music theory Regeln zum Gebrauch von Synkopen im doppelten KontrapunktSppl: 41 11584
1132c.1736–1739Counterpoint studies with W. F. BachSppl: 67 11585
1133c.1740–1745 thorough-bass rules I Einige höchst nöthige Regeln vom General Basse V/4: 131
Sppl: 37
11586
11341738?thorough-bass rules II Precepts and Principles For Playing the Thorough-Bass or Accompanying in Four PartsSppl: 3 11587
1135I1724-03-25Cantata Siehe, eine Jungfrau ist schwanger (25 March: Annunciation)was BWV Anh. 199; text extant [110] [111] [112] 01510
1136I1708–1717?
1725-09-09?
1727-02-06
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 [113] [114] 01520
1137I1729-10-23?Cantata (sketch: Gott, du Richter der Gedanken for Trinity XIX by Picander?)SATB Vl Str BcIII/1was BWV Anh. 2; in SBB P 36: 18 [115] 01309
1138.1I1709-02-04 Cantata for Ratswahl in Mühlhausen No. 2 was BWV Anh. 192 [116] 01503
1138.21710-02-04 Cantata for Ratswahl in Mühlhausen No. 3 lost 11382
1139.1I1725-08-27Cantata Wünschet Jerusalem Glück (council election)was BWV Anh. 4; text by Picander; → BWV 1139.2 [117] [118] 01311
1139.2I1730-06-27Cantata Wünschet Jerusalem Glück (200th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession)was BWV Anh. 4a; text by Picander; after BWV 1139.1 [119] 01312
1140I1730-08-25 Cantata Gott, gib dein Gerichte dem Könige (council election)I/32.2was BWV Anh. 3; text by Picander [119] [118] 01310
1141I1740-08-29Cantata Herrscher des Himmels, König der Ehren (council election)I/32.2was BWV Anh. 193; text extant; last mvt. → BWV 208/15
[120] [121] [122]
01504
11421716-04-02Cantata Was ist, das wir Leben nennen (funeral service for Johann Ernst of S.-W.)text extant 01531
11434.1729-03-24 Cantata Klagt, Kinder, klagt es aller Welt (funeral of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen; music lost but partially reconstructible)I/34was BWV 244a; text by Picander; ↔ BWV 198/1, /10, 244b/6, /8, /39, /49, /57, /23, /20, /65, /13, /68 00305
1144I1725-02-12Cantata Sein Segen fließt daher wie ein Strom (wedding)was BWV Anh. 14; text extant [123] [124] 01322
1145I1729-01-18Cantata Der Herr ist freundlich dem, der auf ihn harret (wedding)was BWV Anh. 211; text by Picander [125] [126] 01522
1146I1729-07-26Cantata Vergnügende Flammen, verdoppelt die Macht (wedding)was BWV Anh. 212; text by Picander [127] [128] [126] 01523
1147I1718-12-10 Cantata Lobet den Herrn, alle seine Heerscharen (birthday of Leopold of A.-K.)I/34was BWV Anh. 5; text by Hunold [129] 01313
1148I1724-04-27Cantata Siehe, der Hüter Israel (doctorate)SATB 3Tr Tmp 2Ob 3Vl Va BcI/34was BWV Anh. 15; lost [130] [131] 01323
1150I1721-01-01?
1722-01-01?
Cantata Ihr wallenden Wolken (New Year)b 2Fl Str Vc Hc BcI/4was BWV Anh. 197; lost [132] [133] 01508
1151I1720-01-01Secular cantata Dich loben die lieblichen Strahlen der Sonne (New Year)I/35was BWV Anh. 6; text by Hunold [134] [135] 01314
1152I1723-01-01Secular cantata for New Year (congratulation of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen and his wife Frederica Henriette)I/35was BWV Anh. 8; lost [136] 01316
1153I1720-12-10Secular cantata Heut ist gewiß ein guter Tag (birthday of Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen)I/35was BWV Anh. 7; text by Hunold [137] [138] 01315
1154I1722-07-29Cantata O vergnügte Stunden (birthday of John Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst)was BWV Anh. 194; text extant [139] [140] 01505
1155I1723-08-09Ode in Latin (birthday of Frederick II of Saxe-Gotha)I/38was BWV Anh. 20; lost [141] [142] 01328
1156I1727-05-12 Secular cantata Entfernet euch, ihr heitern Sterne (57th birthday of Augustus II)I/36was BWV Anh. 9; text by Haupt, C. F.; /1 → BWV 232 II/6? [143] [144] [145] 01317
1157I1732-08-03 Secular cantata Es lebe der König, der Vater im Lande (name day of Augustus II)I/36was BWV Anh. 11; text by Picander; /1 & /11 → BWV 215/1 → 232IV/1=/3; /7 → 248/39?; /9 → 212/14 [118] [127] [146] 01319
1158I1733-08-03Secular cantata Frohes Volk, vergnügte Sachsen (name day of Augustus III)I/36was BWV Anh. 12; text by Picander; after BWV Anh. 18; /1 → BWV 11/1 [118] [127] [147] 01320
11591739-10-07Secular cantata "Serenade" (birthday of Augustus III)lost 01536
1160I1731-08-25Secular cantata So kämpfet nur, ihr muntern Töne (birthday of Joachim Friedrich von Flemming  [ de ])I/39was BWV Anh. 10; text by Picander; /1 → BWV 248 VIa/1? [127] [148] 01318
1161I1738-04-28Secular 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/37was BWV Anh. 13; text by Gottsched, J. C. in Riemersche Chronik
[118] [149] [150] [151]
01321
1162I1732-06-05 Secular cantata Froher Tag, verlangte Stunden (inauguration of St. Thomas school after renovation)I/39was BWV Anh. 18; text by Winckler; /1 → BWV 11/1; /1 /3 /5 /6 /8 /10 → BWV Anh. 12 [152] [153] [154] 01326
1163I1725-11-27Secular cantata Auf, süß entzückende Gewalt (wedding of Peter, eldest son of Peter Hohmann, and Christiana Sibylla Mencke)I/40was BWV Anh. 196; text by Gottsched, C.; /3 → BWV 11/4 → 232IV/4; /5 → BWV 11/8 [155] [156] [157] [158] 01507
1164II1712–1713
or earlier
Motet Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn F min.2SATB 39: 157 III/3: 3by Bach, J. Christoph?; was BWV Anh. 159; ↔ BWV 421 (/2) [159] [160] 01470

BWV Anh. 1–213

Appearing in the BWV Anh.:

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 Listed as spurious in Anh. III of the 1998 edition of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis. [2]
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 Listed as doubtful in Anh. II of the 1998 edition of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis. [2]
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 Appears, in whole or in part, in the 1722 or 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach . [14]
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 Published in Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesang-Buch  [ commons ]. [27]
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Published in Clavier-Übung III . [33]
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 Appears, in whole or in part, in the Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. [47]

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