Previously unknown Bach work discovered

"BERLIN – A previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach has turned up
in a crate of 18th-century birthday cards removed from a German library shortly
before it was devastated by fire last year, researchers said
Experts say the work for soprano and string or keyboard accompaniment,
composed for a German duke’s birthday, is the first new music from the renowned
composer to surface in 30 years.
Researcher Michael Maul from the Bach Archiv foundation found the
composition, dated October 1713, in May in the eastern city of Weimar. The
Leipzig-based foundation said there was no doubt about the authenticity of the
handwritten, two-page score…
…there were hopes the aria would be performed in Leipzig or Weimar
to mark the first anniversary of the fire from which it had such a narrow
The blaze destroyed about 50,000 historic books and damaged another 62,000.
Restoration costs are estimated at between $61-$73 million.
The 16th-century rococo palace that houses the library reopened in
Germany’s Baerenreiter publishing house plans to publish the composition in
the fall…"

By STEPHEN GRAHAM, Associated Press Writer

[Thanks JC]