Understanding Bach's B-minor Mass

Tomita, Y. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


A half century has passed since Friedrich Smend (1893–1980) published his controversial edition of the B-minor Mass (BWV 232) in the Neue Bach-Ausgabe (edition 1954; critical report 1956) — the work which is often regarded as one of the greatest choral pieces of all time. Since then, many new issues surrounding the composition and reception of this work have been raised and often intensely debated by scholars. In the last 10 years, several new editions have appeared to replace Smend’s work: Christoph Wolff (C. F. Peters, 1995), Uwe Wolf (‘1733 Missa only’ as NBA II/1a: Bärenreiter, 2005), and Joshua Rifkin (Breitkopf & Härtel, 2006). Yet there has been no symposium where Bach scholars have discussed their work together in a comprehensive manner. Hence we are in the situation where no single book can be considered to represent the most up-to-date scholarship on this important work. The aim of this symposium is to remedy this situation. In the three-day meeting scholars with expertise in the B-minor Mass will be to give papers and discuss their recent work. The keynote lecture will be given by Christoph Wolff. There is a plan to publish selected papers in the form of a book. The symposium will culminate with a performance of the B-minor Mass given by the Dunedin Consort under the direction of John Butt.
Period02 Nov 200704 Nov 2007
Event typeConference
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom