After Bach had composed the majority of his cantatas in the 1720s, he devoted himself increasingly to large-scale oratorical works in the 1730s. He began with the composition of the Mass in B Minor and reworked the St Matthew and St John Passions. At the turn of the year 1734/35 he performed the Christmas Oratorio for the first time. The six parts sounded on six consecutive Sundays and feast days alternately in Nikolai Church and Thomas Church in Leipzig.


  • Title: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
  • Creator: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Date Created: 1734
  • Location: Leipzig
  • Type: Libretto booklet
  • Rights: Bach-Archiv Leipzig

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