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Bach's Compositions using trumpets or horns with timpani

Source:
Tromba/Corno Choir [based upon lists in Ulrich Prinz’s Johann Sebastian Bachs Instrumentarium, Bärenreiter, 2005, pp. 62-63, 80-83, 103, 156-159]

Combination of instruments:
The usual combination of instruments is 3 trumpets + timpani.
The exceptional instances included in the main list below are:
4 trumpets + timpani:
BWV 63, BWV 119
2 trumpets + timpani:
BWV 59, (possible early version of BWV 249)
3 horns + timpani:
BWV 143
2 horns + timpani:
BWV 79, BWV 91, BWV 100, BWV 195/6 (for a later repeat performance)
3 trumpets, 2 horns + timpani:
BWV 205

Performance dates:
In the following list the dates of the performances are given as follows: 1st = First Performance; R=Repeat Performance – a range of dates indicates that a possible performance falls on either of the dates given or sometime within the span of time given

 

Complete listing of all compositions having a festive trumpet choir

Christmas:
BWV 63/1,7 [1st: Dec. 25, 1714; R: Dec. 25, 1723, (Dec. 25, 1729?)]
BWV 91/1,6 [1st: Dec. 25, 1724; R: 1731/1732, 1746/1747]
BWV 110/1 [1st: Dec. 25, 1726 ; R: 1728/1731]
BWV 191/1,3 [1st: 1733 as BWV 232 (I); R: 1743/1746]
BWV 232 (III) (Sanctus) [1st: Dec. 25, 1724 see BWV 41/6; R: 1726/1727; 1743/1748]
BWV 243a (Magnificat, Fecit, Gloria) [1st: July 2, 1723?; Dec. 25, 1723; R: as BWV 243 1732/1735]
BWV 248 (I)/1,9 [1st: Dec. 25, 1734 see BWV 214/1,7]
BWV 248 (III)/24 [1st: Dec. 27, 1734 see BWV 214/9]

New Year:
BWV 41/1,6 [1st: Jan. 1, 1725; R: 1732/1735 see BWV 171/6]
BWV 143/1,5,7 [1st: 1708/1714?]
BWV 171/1,6 [1st: Jan. 1, 1729? see BWV 41/6; R: BWV 232 (II)/2]
BWV 190/1,7 [1st: Jan. 1, 1724; R: as BWV 190a June 25, 1730 and after 1735]

Epiphany:
BWV 248 (VI)/54,64 [1st: Jan. 6, 1735; see also BWV 248a and Anh. I, 10]

Easter:
BWV 31/1,2 [1st: April 21, 1715; R: April 9, 1724, March 25, 1731]
BWV 249/1,3,11 [1st: as BWV 249a on Feb. 23, 1725 and as BWV 249 on April 1, 1725; R: as BWV 249b on Aug. 25, 1726 and as BWV 249 in 1738, 1743/1746 and on April 6, 1749]

Ascension:
BWV 11/1,9 [1st: May 19, 1735? see Anh 1, 18/1 and Anh. 1, 12]
BWV 43/1 [1st: May 30, 1726]

Pentecost:
BWV 34/1,5 [1st: as BWV 34a during 1st half of 1726; 1st as BWV 34 after 1740]
BWV 59/1 [1st: May 16, 1723; R: May 28, 1724? see BWV 74/1]
BWV 74/1 [1st: May 20, 1725 see BWV 59/1]
BWV 172/1,3,7 [1st: May 20, 1714; R: 1717/23, May 28, 1724 with mvt. 7=mvt.1, May 13, 1731]

Trinity:
BWV 129/1,5 [1st: probably 1726; R: 1732/1735, 1743/1747]

Visitation (Mariae Heimsuchung):
BWV 243a? [1st: February 7, 1723? see BWV 243a above]

Michaelmas:
BWV 19/1,7 [1st: Sep. 29, 1726]
BWV 50 [uncertain]
BWV 130/1,3,6 [1st: Sep. 29, 1724; R: 1732/1734?]
BWV 149/1,7 [1st: Sep. 29, 1729? see BWV 208/15]
Draft in P 175 for a cantata for “3 Trombe Tamburi”

Reformation:
BWV 79/1,3,6 [1st: Oct. 31, 1725; R: Oct. 31, 1730]
(
BWV 80)1,5 [BWV 80a March 24, 1715; BWV 80b circa 1728, BWV 80 middle to end of 1730s – trumpet and timpani parts by W. F. Bach]

City Council Inauguration:
BWV 29/1,2,8 [1st: Aug. 27, 1731; R: Aug. 31, 1739, Aug. 24, 1749 see BWV 1006/1, BWV 120a/4, BWV 232 (I), 7]
BWV 69/1,6 [as BWV 69a 1st: Aug. 15, 1723 R: Aug. 31, 1727; as BWV 69 on Aug 26, 1748]
BWV 71/1,5,7 [1st: Feb. 4, 1708]
BWV 119/1,4,7,9 [1st: Aug 30, 1723]
BWV 120/2,(6) [1st: 1729 or earlier; R: see BWV 120a, BWV 120b and BWV 232 (II)/9]

Wedding:

BWV 34a/1,5 [1st: first half of 1726]
BWV 120a/1,8 [1st: 1729 or earlier]
BWV 195/1,5 [1st: circa 1742 see BWV 30a/5]
BWV 197/1 [1st: as BWV 197a on Dec. 25, 1728(?); R: as BWV 197 1736/1737]

Other Sacred Events:
BWV 21/11 [1st: 1713?, June 17, 1714, R: June 13, 1723]
BWV 69a/1,6 [1st: Aug 15, 1723 R: Aug 31, 1727 and as BWV 69 with different final chorale and new trumpets and timpani parts added by Bach for performance on Aug 26, 1748]
BWV 100/1,6 [1st: 1734/1735 see BWV 99/1 and BWV 75/7; R: circa 1737? and 1742]
(
BWV 120b) see BWV 120 above
BWV 137/1,5 [1st: Aug 19, 1725; R: circa 1746/1747 see BWV 120a/8]
(
BWV 190a) see BWV 190 above
BWV 232 various mvts. from various times
BWV 237 (Sanctus) [1st: 1723]
BWV 243 see BWV 243a above
BWV 248a see
BWV 248 above
BWV 1045 (Sinfonia) [1st: 1743/1746]
Anh. I, 15 [1st: April 27, 1724 music lost]

Congratulatory:
BWV 30a/1,13 [1st: Sep 26, 1737]
BWV 205/1,2,11,15 [1st: Aug 3, 1725]
BWV 205a/1,2,11,15 [1st: Feb. 19,1734]
BWV 206/1,11 [1st: 1734, R: Oct. 7, 1736, Aug 3, 1740]
BWV 207/1,5a,9, [1st: Nov. 12, 1726 see BWV 1046/3]
BWV 207a/1,5+March [1st: Aug 3, 1735]
BWV 214/1,9 [1st: Dec. 8, 1733 see BWV 248/1,8,24 from 1734]
BWV 215/1,8,9 [1st: Aug 3, 1732 see Anh. I,11; R: Oct. 5, 1734 see BWV 232 (IV) 1748/1749]
BWV 249a see BWV 249 above
BWV 249b see BWV 249 above
Anh. I, 10/1,7 [Aug. 25, 1731]
Anh. I, 11/1 [Aug. 3, 1732]
Anh. I, 12/1 [Aug. 3, 1733]
Anh. I, 18/1 [June 5, 1732]
Anh. I, 19/9 [Nov. 21, 1734]

Other:
BWV 201/1,15 [1st: 1729, R: after 1735 and in 1749]
BWV 1068 [1st: beginning of 1731]
BWV 1069 cf.
BWV 110/1 above [as orchestra suite with trumpets and timpani after 1725 and probably by, if not during, 1729]

 

Contributed bThomas Braatz (May 29, 2008)

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