Johann Kuhnau (1660–1722)

Johann Kuhnau was, as St. Thomas cantor in Leipzig, the direct predecessor of Johann Sebastian Bach. He held this office from 1701 until his death in 1722.

Kuhnau’s works, composed between the early 1680s and late in the 18th-century’s second decade, are really diverse stylistically, but have to date hardly been thoroughly investigated musicologically, hence in terms of performance practice.  

Rewarding Rediscovery  

Breitkopf & Härtel’s new edition of all Johann Kuhnau’s extant sacred works once more brings these compositions, evidence of the sounds of the exciting transition period between the sacred concerto of the 17th century and the late Baroque church cantata into the focus of the music world:  

  • First Urtext edition of Johann Kuhnau’s vocal works

  • Edited, mostly as first editions, from authentic manuscript sources

  • Detailed text sections, facsimiles as well as a critical report for each cantata

  • Available for sale, complete