Presentation of the New BWV

The 13th of June 2022 is the day when the third, extended new edition of this indispensable reference work on the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach will be presented to the public for the first time on the occasion of the Leipzig Bachfest.

As a result of the collaboration between the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and the publishing house Breitkopf & Härtel, a newly designed edition of the BWV has been created that takes account of both new findings from recent Bach research and the altered knowledge and usage structures of the 21st century. The aim has been to develop a comprehensive and contemporary reference work for Bach’s compositions that would appeal equally to interested lay readers and specialists familiar with Bach research.

The first catalog of all Bach’s works, the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV), appeared under the authorship of Wolfgang Schmieder in the Bach anniversary year of 1950. Forty years later, a revised edition of this now internationally recognized reference work was published, followed by a so-called “small version” with further updates in 1998.

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