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Technical & Musical Terms & Abbreviations

This section of the Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) contains Technical & Musical Terms & Abbreviations, used by various contributors across the the BCW.
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Contents

Terms & Abbreviations with Bach connection
General Abbreviations
Voices & Instruments
Musical Terms
Acronyms of Performers
Abbreviations used for the Chorales
Use of Concerto, J.J. and SDG in Bach's Sacred Works

 

Part 1: Terms & Abbreviations with Bach Connection

Abbreviation

Full Words

Explanation

Source

AF

Art of Fugue

Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Braatz

AMB

Anna Magdalena Bach

J.S. Bach’s 2nd wife

Lehman

AMN

Anna Magdalena Notenbüchlein

Anna Magdalena Notenbüchlein

Oron

Anh

Anhang

Usually used for a composition which isn't included in the "normal" catalogue because of doubtful authenticity

Veen

AOF

Art of Fugue

Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Oron

AT

Actus tragicus

Cantata BWV 106

Braatz

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

Braatz

BCML

Bach Cantatas Mailing List

 

Oron

BCW

Bach Cantatas Website

 

Oron

BDok

Bach-Dokumente 3 vols. 1963, 1969, 1972

Contains all important documents by Bach and by his contemporaries about Bach

Braatz

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.)

Braatz / Veen

BJ, BJb

Bach-Jahrbuch

1904 ff. The scholarly Bach Yearbook collection of articles on Bach's works

Braatz

BK

Brandenburgische Konzerte

The Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051

Braatz

BMM

B Minor Mass

English abbreviation for Mass in B minor BWV 232

Oron

BRML

Bach Musicology Mailing List

 

Oron

BRML

Bach Recordings Mailing List

 

Oron

BWV

Bach Werke Verzeichnis

Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Schmieder, Leipzig, 1950, 1990, the standard reference number system, the equivalent to the Köchel-Verzeichnis for the works of W.A. Mozart

Braatz

CB

Clavierbüchlein

Little keyboard works. Three well-known manuscripts from the Bach family are cutomarily referred to by this word: one for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and two for J.S. Bach’s second wife, Anna Magdalena

Braatz / Oxford

CC

Coffee Cantata

Cantata BWV 212

Braatz

CM

Chorale Melody

Chorale Melody used in Bach's Works
See: Chorale Melodies used in Bach's Vocal Works

Oron

CO

Christmas Oratorio

English abbreviation for Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248

Oron

CPEB, CphE, CPE,

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

2nd surviving son of J.S. Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. Composer, keyboard player, and writer on music

Lehman

CT

Chorale Text

Chorale Texts used in Bach's Vocal Works.
See: Texts & English Translations of Chorales used in Bach's Vocal Works

Oron

CU1

Clavier-Übung 1

Including Partitas

Braatz

CU2

Clavier-Übung 2

Including Italian Concerto

Braatz

CU3

Clavier-Übung 2

 

Braatz

CU4

Clavier-Übung 2

Including Goldberg Variations

Braatz

 

Deest

(=de-est; Latin). Often used to indicate that a composition isn't included in the catalogue

Veen

DürrC

Chronologie der Leipziger Vokalwerke, Alfred Dürr, 1976

A standard reference to determine the chronology of Bach's vocal works composed in Leipzig

Braatz

DürrK

Die Kantaten, Alfred Dürr, 1971-1985

A thorough reference work for all of Bach's cantatas

Braatz

EKG

Evangelisches Kirchengesangbuch

 

Veen

EO

Easter Oratorio

English abbreviation for Oster-Oratorium BWV 249

Oron

ES

Englische Suiten

The English Suites BWV 806-811

Braatz

FS

Französische Suiten

The French Suites BWV 812-817

Braatz

GV

Goldberg Variationen

The Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Braatz

HC

Hunting Cantata

Cantata BWV 208

Braatz

HO

Himmelfahrts-Oratorium

Ascension Oratorio BWV 11

Braatz

I&S

Inventions & Sinfonias

2-Part Inventions BWV 772-786 & 3-Part Inventions BWV 787-801

Oron

IC

Italian Concerto

Italian Concerto BWV 971

Braatz

JSB

Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Oron

JP

Johannes-Passion

St. John Passion BWV 245

Braatz

KB

Kritischer Bericht

The critical reports that accompany the NBA musical scores

Braatz

KBT

Keyboard Toccatas

Toccatas for Keyboard BWV 910-916

Oron

KdF

Kunst der Fuge

Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Veen

KF

Die Kunst der Fuge

Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Braatz

LCY

The Lutheran Church Year

 

Oron

LM

Lutheran Masses

The Lutheran Masses BWV 233-236

Oron

LP

Lukas-Passion

St. Luke Passion BWV 246

Braatz

LW

Lute Works

Solo Works for Lute BWV 995-1000, 1006a

Oron

MA, MAG

Magnificat

Magnificat BWV 243

Braatz

MB

H-moll Messe

The Mass in B-Minor BWV 232

Braatz

MBM

Mass in B minor

English abbreviation for Mass in B minor BWV 232

Oron

MO

Musikalisches Opfer

The Musical Offering BWV 1079

Braatz

MP

Matthäus-Passion

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

Braatz

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!

Braatz

OO

Oster-Oratorium

Easter Oratorio BWV 249

Braatz

OS

Orchestral Suites

Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069 (use a number after the acronym if referring to a specific one)

Braatz

PC

Peasant Cantata

Cantata BWV 211

Braatz

PT

Partitas

Partitas (for Klavier) BWV 825-830

Braatz

PT

Piano Trancription

Piano Transcription of Bach's work

Oron

S&P

Sonats & Partitas

Sonatas & Partitas for Violin BWV 1001-1006

Oron

SJP

St. John Passion

English abbreviation for Johannes-Passion BWV 245

Oron

SLP

St. Lukas Passion

English abbreviation for Lukas-Passion BWV 246

Oron

SMP

St. Matthew Passion

English abbreviation for Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Oron

SRP

St. Mark Passion

English abbreviation for Markus-Passion BWV 247

Oron

WFB, WF

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

1st surviving son of J.S. Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. Composer

Oron

WFN

Wilhelm Friedemann Notenbüchlein

Wilhelm Friedemann Notenbüchlein

Oron

WK

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier

Well-tempered Clavier BWV 846-893

Braatz

WO

Weihnachts-Oratorium

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Braatz

WTC

Wohltemperirtes Clavier

Well-tempered Clavier BWV 846-893

Veen

WTC 1

 

Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869

Oron

WTC 2

 

Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1I, BWV 870-893

Oron

WTK

Wohltemperirtes Klavier

Well-tempered Clavier BWV 846-893

Oron

WZ

Wasserzeichen, watermark

 

Braatz

XO

Christmas Oratorio

English abbreviation for Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248

Oron

2I

2-Part Inventions

2-Part Inventions BWV 772-786

Braatz

3I

3-Part Inventions

3-Part Inventions BWV 787-801

Braatz

48

48 Preludes & Fugues

Well-tempered Clavier BWV 846-893

Oron

       

Abbreviations used by Bach

Abbreviations used by Bach in his personal invocations that appear at the top of the first page and at the end of the autograph scores that have survived:

 

J. J.

Jesu Juva

Jesus, help [me] ! See: Use of Concerto, J.J. and SDG in Bach's Sacred Works

Braatz

J. N. J. A

In Nomine Jesu Amen

in the name of Jesus, Amen [BWV 16]

Braatz

In N. Dom. J. C.

In Nomine Domini Jesu Christi

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ [BWV 20 - the beginning of Bach's 2nd Cantata Cycle]

Braatz

S.D.G.

Soli Deo Gloria

to God alone be the glory. See: Use of Concerto, J.J. and SDG in Bach's Sacred Works

Braatz

D.S.G.

Deo Soli Gloria

to God alone the glory

Braatz

 

Laus Deo

Praise be to God! [BWV 71]

Braatz

       

The technical terms & abbreviations in this page are mostly compiled from the following sources:

Common – Common use, especially in e-mail correspondence
Alec Robertson's book 'The Church Cantatas of J.S. Bach' (Cassell - London, 1972)
New Harvard Dictionary of Music
Thomas Braatz - Member of the BCML
Frank Fogliati - Member of the BCML
Bradley Lehman - Member of BCML
Aryeh Oron - Member of the BCML
Johan van Veen - Member of the BCML

 

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (December 2000 - September 2009)

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