Bach's Mass in B minor was composed in 1748-1749, shortly before his death and after the completion of the Art of Fugue. The work is a true masterpiece of concentrated compositional technique. In some passages, Bach's handwriting testifies to the effort that the composer put into this late work. Hans Nägeli, in 1818, already regarded the Mass as the "greatest musical artwork of all time and all nations," and it has been regarded as an icon of music history ever since.
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Mass B minor BWV 232
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2010
- Commentary by Wolf, Uwe
- This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Mass B minor BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.
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