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Latest update : 2008-04-16

A long-lost organ composition by the greatest Baroque music composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, has been found in an auction lot in Germany. Experts say it is the complete version of a fragment long attributed to the 18th century composer.

German scholars claimed Tuesday to have found a long-lost organ composition by Johann Sebastian Bach dating from the early days of his career.

The piece, entitled "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns haelt" (Where God the Lord does not stay by our side), was found in an auction lot by professors from the Martin-Luther University in Halle, said one of them, Stephan Blaut.

He stumbled upon the organ composition in a collection that had belonged to the 19th century Leipzig musician Wilhelm Rust and was being prepared for sale, Blaut said.

"While reviewing the items to be auctioned, I came across a piece from Bach that I did not know. With that began the research," Blaut said.

He said experts from the Bach Archive in Leipzig examined the work and confirmed that it was indeed composed by Bach, probably between 1705 and 1710.

"They found that the work is the complete version of a fragment of music of the same name that has long been attributed to Bach, though questions remained about its provenance," Blaut said.

It has been listed in catalogues of the legendary 18th century composer's works with the disclaimer "origin not verified."

"The discovery enriches our knowledge of Johann Sebastian Bach's early work considerably," Wolfgang Hirschmann of the Martin-Luther University's Institute for Music said.

Bach was born in Eisenach in central Germany 1685 and died in 1750.

In recent years, a string of lost or previously unknown compositions by Bach have been discovered.
 

Date created : 2008-04-15

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