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Bach Arias for Solo Voices with Obbligato Instruments

This page has been prepared as a convenience for those singers and instrumentalists enrolled in the Bach Aria Group chamber music course at Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Instrumental parts for only the individual Cantata movements listed below are held/owned by the Western Libraries Music Library. These parts are available either as part of a published 11-volume collection of arias with selected obbligato parts (M 2026.B33), or as a set of complete orchestral parts for an individual Cantata (the latter being located in our Choral/Band/Orchestral Library, a.k.a. The CBO).

The French-language site, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Catalogue BWV is an extremely useful resource for both singers and instrumentalists to aid in selecting appropriate arias for a particular vocal range and a specific obbligato instrument.

ALTO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL DUETS | VOCAL TRIOS

SOPRANO ARIAS:

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234)
+ arias in complete cantata (instrumental parts), location: CBO
& = continuo

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.  
BWV:
mvt.

CBO Call No.

*1 3   *100 2, 3, 4, 5  
+6 3 MCH 220 *105 3  
*17 3   *129 2, 3, 4  
*21 3   *144 5  
+21 3 MCH 27 *147 5  
*30 10   + 147 5 MCH 197
*32 1   +150 3 MCH 203
*36 7   *171 4  
*39 5   +180 3a/b MCH 206
*49 4   +184a 4 MCH 218
*57 7   *186 8  
*58 3   *187 5  
+69a 1 ? +196 3 MCH 204
*74 2   +197a 8 MCH 207
*75 5   +199 2, 6 MCH 212
*76 3   *202 5, 7  
*84 3   *204 2, 4, 6  
*89 5   *205 9  
*92 8   *206 9  
*93 6   *208 9  
*94 7   *210 6  
*98 3   *211 4  
      245 / Johannes Passion 13 MO 1033

 

SOPRANO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL DUETS | VOCAL TRIOS

ALTO ARIAS:

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO
& = continuo

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.

BWV:
mvt.

CBO Call No.

*+6 2 MCH 220 +113 2 MCH 200
*11 4   *112 2  
*12 4   *116 2  
*24 1   *119 5  
*27 3   *129 2, 3, 4  
+43 9 MCH 208 *132 5  
*44 3   *136 3  
*48 4   +137 2 MCH 213
*64 7   *146 3  
+69 3 MCH 216 *147 3  
+69a 4 ? +147 3, 8 MCH 197
+71 5 ? +148 4 MCH 202
*75 5, 10   *151 3  
*77 5, 10   +159 2a MCH 210
*79 2   +175 2 MCH 219
*85 2   *176 5  
*86 2   +180 5 MCH 206
*94 4   *182 5  
*100 2, 3, 4, 5   +193 5 MCH 199
*102 3   +197a 3 MCH 207
*103 3   +198 4, 5 MCH 209
+106 3a MCH 214 *244 / Matthew Passion 47  MO 1034
*110 4      

 

 

SOPRANO ARIAS | ALTO ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL DUETS | VOCAL TRIOS

TENOR ARIAS:

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO
& = continuo

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.  
BWV:
mvt.

CBO Call No.

*5 3   +130 5 MCH 201
*9 3   +137 4 MCH 213
*16 5   *139 2  
+26 2 MCH 215 *143 4  
*36 3   +147 7 MCH 197
*41 4   +148 2 MCH 202
*43 3 MCH 208 +157 2 MCH 217
*55 1   *166 2  
+69a 3 ? +*172 4 MCH 196
*78 4   +175 2, 4 MCH 219
*85 5   *175 4  
*96 3   +180 2 MCH 206
*99 3   +183 2 MCH 205
*101 2   +184a 1, 3, 4 MCH 218
*108 2   +198 6, 8 MCH 209
+113 5 MCH 200 *248 CO - II (Xmas Oratorio) 15  
*114 2      

SOPRANO ARIAS | ALTO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | VOCAL DUETS | VOCAL TRIOS

BASS ARIAS:

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.  
BWV:
mvt.

CBO Call No.

*13 5   *152 2  
+26 4 MCH 215 +172 3 MCH 196
*32 3   *174 4  
+43 7 MCH 208 +175 6 MCH 219
+*56 3 MCH 223 *178 3  
*59 4   +183 1 MCH 205
+69 5 MCH 216 +185 4, 5 MCH 198
+*82 2 MCH 222 +193 9 MCH 199
+106 2d MCH 214 +197a 6 MCH 207
+113 3 MCH 200 +198 10 MCH 209
*117 6   *244-MP 66  
*123 5   *248 CO - VI (Xmas Oratorio) 47  
+130 3 MCH 201    

 

J. S. Bach VOCAL DUETS with obbligato instruments

SOPRANO ARIAS | ALTO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL TRIOS

ALTO-TENOR DUETS:

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
+150 5 MCH 203

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)

+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

SOPRANO-ALTO DUETS:

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
+*4 3 (tpt, tbn) MO 571
+113 7 MCH 200
+159 2 MCH 210
+168 5 (&) MCH 211
+172 5 (ob,vn,vc, org.) MCH 196
+184 2 (fls, vns, va, &) MCH 218

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
*21 8  
+21 8 MCH 27
+137 8|3 (2 ob., &) MCH 213

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)

+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

SOPRANO-TENOR DUETS:

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
*4 7 MO 571
+185 1 (tp/ob, &) MCH 198

 

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

SOPRANO ARIAS | ALTO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL TRIOS

TENOR-BASS DUETS:

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
+157 1 MCH 217
+196 4 (2vn.,va,&/org) MCH 204

 

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

ALTO-BASS DUETS:

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
+106 3c (2 gb, &) MCH 214

 

Bach VOCAL TRIOS with obbligato instruments

SOPRANO ARIAS | ALTO ARIAS | TENOR ARIAS | BASS ARIAS | VOCAL DUETS

* arias in M 2026.B33 sets, location: MSTKS (Music Library, TC 234 - Western University)
+ arias in complete cantatas, location: CBO (Choral Band Orchestral Library, TC 134)
& = continuo

ALTO-TENOR-BASS TRIOS:

BWV:

mvt. CBO Call No.
+150 5 (bn, &) MCH 203


Please send comments/suggestions to:

Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
The Music Library - Western University
Last updated: Oct. 21, 2015