Gottfried August Homilius: Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld

Gottfried August Homilius

Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld

Passions-Cantate, nach der Poesie des Herrn Buschmann

HoWV I.2


"He was without argument our greatest church composer," wrote the lexicographer E. L. Gerber a few years after Homilius's death in 1785. As a result of the destruction of the Kreuzkirche during the Seven Years War, the longtime Kreuzkantor, a pupil of Bach, performed his professional musical duties primarily at the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The Passionskantate was well received and widely disseminated during the 18th and 19th centuries: Thanks to its popularity it was published in 1775 by Breitkopf as a full score - a rare honor, accorded to only one other Passion in the 18th century (Graun's "Tod Jesu"). The text describes the events of the Passion from a very personal point of view: The story focuses less on the actual events, then upon the feelings of the observers of these events. The subjective nature of the narrative is reflected in a very dramatically marked style of recitative, which presents a charming contrast to the expressive choral writing and the melodically accented arias. With the release of a new music editions and a SACD/CD the Passionskantate can now be "rediscovered."


full score (complete edition / selected edition)

176 pages, 25 x 32 cm, paperback
EUR75,00 / copies

vocal score

104 pages, 19 x 27 cm, paperback
EUR23,50 / copies

choral score

16 pages, DIN A4, without cover
EUR6,50 / copies
Available from 20 copies
from 20 copies 6,50 EUR
from 40 copies 5,85 EUR
from 60 copies 5,20 EUR

set of parts, complete orchestral parts

23 x 32 cm, without cover
EUR313,00 / copies
  • consisting of
    1 x set of parts, harmony parts, 2 x 2 bassoons, 1 x flute 1, 1 x flute 2, 1 x oboe 1, 1 x oboe 2 (37.104/09)
    each: 39,00 €
    5 x individual part, violin 1 (37.104/11)
    each: 17,00 €
    5 x individual part, violin 2 (37.104/12)
    each: 17,00 €
    4 x individual part, viola (37.104/13)
    each: 17,00 €
    4 x individual part, violoncello/double bass (37.104/14)
    each: 17,00 €
    1 x individual part, organ (37.104/49)
    each: 23,50 €

individual part, organ

60 pages, DIN A4, paperback
EUR23,50 / copies

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Uwe Wolf Personal details


Gottfried August Homilius Personal details


Der Chor ist in dieser Passionskantate ... nicht auf die biblischen Texte festgelegt. Er vertritt vielmehr die dem Passionsgeschehen folgende Christengemeinde und ist damit gegenüber den oratorischen Passionen deutlich aufgewertet. Große Chorszenen prägen die Passionskantate, mehrfach finden sich Mischformen aus Chor und Arie.
Singende Kirche, 54. Jahrgang, Heft 2 2007