All music documents used in this project were obtained online.

Schemellis Gesangbuch

We require a faithful edition of the items BWV 439–507 of Schemellis Gesangbuch in order to transfer the notes and lyrics of the songs to the computer.

Cover page of the first print edition

A scan of the first print edition from the year 1736 is not available. Only few manuscripts exist as facsimile online. One beautiful example is:

Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh!, BWV 478

The earliest edition of the scores BWV 439–507 that we could find is from the year 1893:

Lieder und Arien aus Schemelli's Gesangbuch und aus dem Notenbuch der Anna Magdalena Bach
Editor: Franz Wüllner (1832–1902)
Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 39
Breitkopf & Härtel, 1893. Plate B.W. XXXIX.

The book is available as scan from IMSLP Petrucci Music Library. Here is a screenshot from the pdf:

Seelenweide, meine Freude, BWV 497

We digitize the scores in the book adhering to the following policies:

The complete verses of each aria are listed on Bernd Kolbs page for BWV 439–500, and 501–507.

Other transcriptions

Occasionally, we had a glance at other transcriptions in order to settle questions of the following nature: should there be a major, or minor chord? During the undertaking of the project, we came across the following works:

Notable singletons

Complete collections

Both editions are also available from IMSLP. We found that several of the scores differ from our reference edition in the following way: