BACH NOTES – Our Journal



The latest published edition of Bach Notes  Bach Notes 2017

Passiontide 2018 Edition of e-Bach Notes  BACH NOTES EXTRA – Spring 2018

Bach Notes is the London Bach Society’s Journal. From 2017, the Journal will be published annually in September  in conjunction with the annual Bachfest. The issue will include articles, interviews and features that will lead our readers deeper into the world of Bach today. In  particular, the September 2017 issue will reflect the Luther 500th Reformation Anniversary (1517-2017). We also publish bi-monthly editions by email that feature updates, London Bach Society news, plus details about some interesting concerts and/or projects coming up elsewhere. Bach Notes is distributed free and posted on our website.  The latest and past issues can be accessed by clicking on the links below.  Acrobat Reader will be required.Our Journal is published in the spirit of the 19th century German romantic composer Robert Schumann, who was also a journalist and a leading light in the movement to revive Bach’s music, which he achieved successfully in his own Journal “Neues Zeitschrift für Musik”

2016 BACH NOTES Autumn Edition

This special LBS 70th Anniversary edition not only profiles the Society and its work but celebrates activities in the world of Bach globally. Articles include Bachfest 2016, a profile of Steinitz Bach Players, a tribute to the London Bach Society’s original choir (1947-1989), Peter Smaill’s report on the American Bach Society’s recent Conference and Yo Tomita at the Leipzig Bachfest.

Samples & Archives

Articles from past editions of Bach Notes are available here on Yo Tomita’s Bach Bibliography website.

Extracts from an earlier edition:

New Bach Aria discovery

“Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn”, BWV 1127

For the first time since the 1930s, a genuine Bach vocal work has been discovered amongst papers unearthed at the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar. Composed in October 1713 for the birthday of Bach’s employer Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, the score is in Bach’s own hand and the work is a strophic aria with ritornello for solo soprano, strings and basso continuo. The opening words of the aria “Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn” mean “Everything with God and nothing without him”, the Duke’s own motto, and are from a poem by the theologian, Johann Anton Mylius.

The discovery was made by eagle-eyed researcher Michael Maul, as part of the on-going research project to conduct a systematic survey of all central German, communal and state archival collections, a project initiated and supervised by Prof. Dr. Christoph Wolff, Chairman of the Board of the Bach-Archiv, Leipzig. Professor Wolff describes it as ‘no major composition but an occasional work in the form of an exquisite and highly refined strophic aria, Bach’s only contribution to a musical genre popular in late 17th-century Germany.’ …who says that there is nothing left to do!

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