BG / BGA = Gesamtausgabe der Bach-Gesellschaft
The first complete edition of JSB's works published in Leipzig 1851-1899. Many cheap reprints are available from this edition (Dover, etc.)
NBA = Neue Bach-Ausgabe
The most recent effort by Bärenreiter - Kassel 1954-?? to publish a critical edition of JSB's entire musical oeuvre. It replaces the BG that was published over a century ago. It is almost complete!
BC = Bach Compendium Schulze/Wolff
Begun in 1985, by 1989 4 vols. had appeared, gives source-critical and bibliographical information on all of Bach's works.
Zwang = Philippe & Gérard Zwang
A chronological order of the Cantatas according to the book ‘Guide pratique des cantates de Bach by Philippe & Gérard Zwang [Paris, Robert Laffont, 1982]; ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’ [Paris, Librairie Honoré Champion, 1990]
‘K’ stands for te Sacred Cantatas and ‘W’ for the Secular Cantatas.
Provenance = Link to the the Provenance page of the cantata in the BCW
Deatiled description of the provenace for many cantatas can be found in the Bach Cantatas Website (BCW). Most of these pages were contributed by Thomas Braatz. The material is based mostly on the NBA.
Descriptions of BG / BGA, NBA, & BC were contributed by Thomas Braatz.
The information for the NBA Vols. was supplied by David O. Berger.
The information for the BGA Vols. was supplied by Aryeh Oron.
The information for the BC, first publication and Breitkopf (for the Chorales) was taken from Appendix 1 of the book ‘Oxford Composer Companion – J.S. Bach’ edited by Malcolm Boyd [Oxford University Press, 1999].
The information for the Zwang and year of composition is taken from the site: Johann Sebastian Bach – Catalogue BWV - Correspondance
The information for Riemenschneider Edition (RE) & Kalmus Edition (KE) for the Chorales is taken from the site: J.S. Bach Chorales (by Margaret Greentree).
Compiled by David O. Berger [Concordia Seminary Library, St. Louis, MO, USA] & Aryeh Oron (May 2002 - June 2003)