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An excerpt from the Preface:

within the current quantity these of the Cantatas and Motetts are thought of.

the writer ways the Chorals from the old instead of a cultured viewpoint.

His item is to bare the starting place and authorship of the Hymns and Hymn melodies which, like jewels, beautify Bach's concerted Church song.

The melodies are published the following of their earliest shape and, the place attainable, Bach's adaptations of them are traced to an past culture or attributed to himself In comparable demeanour, the textual content of his Hymn stanzas, as published through the Bachgesellschaft, has been collated with the originals in Philipp Wackernagel's Das deutsche Kirchenlied von der ältesten Zeit bis zu Anfang des XVII Jahrhunderts (Leipzig, five vols. 1864-77) or Albert Fischer and W. Tümpel's Das deutsche evangelische Kirchenlied des siebzehnten Jakrkunderts (Gütersloh, 1904-16). The few Hymns which aren't in these collections are marked with an asterisk within the following pages. the writer has no longer had the chance to check their unique texts somewhere else.

For assistance from scholars and others the writer, at the first incidence of each Choral melody, states the place Bach makes use of it in different places in his concerted Church track and Organ works*. hence, Bach's remedy of a selected music will be studied exhaustively.

considering all yet some of the Cantatas are released in simple terms with German texts, it has appeared really useful to supply an Appendix of translations of the Hymn stanzas, upwards of 2 hundred and fifty in quantity, which Bach makes use of within the Cantatas and Motetts. anyplace it's on hand, the textual content of Novello & Co.'s and Messrs J. & W. Chester's versions has been used, with the permission of the 2 organizations.

Six melodies that take place within the "Passions" and Oratorios aren't present in the Cantatas or Motetts.

they're revealed in an Appendix. This quantity hence comprises all of the Choral tunes utilized by Bach in his concerted Church track.

* The references all through are to Novello's version of Bach's Organ Works, Books xv-xix.

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