Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s motets have long been some of his best-known compositions. They are scored for between four and eight parts, with the eight-part works scored for double choir. These are expansive compositions for special occasions, mainly for funerals. In recent years the well-known six motets have been joined by an early motet, very probably by Bach, Ich lasse dich nicht BWV Anh. 159. The chorale movement O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV 118 also belongs to the group of motets, although it also requires obbligato instruments.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets

The Kammerchor Stuttgart, under the direction of Frieder Bernius is one of the finest choirs worldwide. Their many prizewinning a cappella recordings have set a standard. Now Frieder Bernius...

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Bach: The complete motets (without Bc)

The popularity of Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets is matched by the problematic manner in which they have been handed down to us. The autograph scores and parts used by Bach have been preserved...


Johann Sebastian Bach: Come, Jesu, come

year of composition unknown, presumably in the period 1723-1732 “Der saure Weg” – the bitter path – is how this motet is popularly known, taking its nickname from the fugue theme, with...

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Bach: Complete motets (carus music)

Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets are rightly regarded as a high point, if not the high point of challenging a cappella literature. They display not only a kaleidoscope of compositional techniques,...

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