PROGRAMME NOTES AND PREFACES

Neil has written programme notes and prefaces for works by Bach, Haydn and Schütz. They are all Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files and the file size for each is shown. Please select the file(s) you require either by selecting in the normal way and then saving the file, or by right-clicking the file link and selecting 'Save Link As..'.

Bach St Matthew Passion - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) “The first translation of the St. Matthew Passion: Helen Johnston’s lasting legacy”
A talk given by Neil Jenkins on the 150th anniversary of the work’s 1st performance in England.
PDF File 200 kB
Preparing a New English Edition of Bach's St. Matthew Passion Program notes on Neil's new English translation of this work. PDF File 90 kB
Bach St Matthew Passion - A Preface with more information on Neil's new English translation of this work. PDF File 120 kB
Bach St John Passion - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) The first person to translate a Bach Passion into English was Helen Johnston (1813-1887), who produced a St. Matthew Passion text for Sir William Sterndale Bennett's 1862 edition.... PDF File 50 kB
Bach Christmas Oratorio - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) Although Bach's Christmas Oratorio (1734) has been as popular a work for choirs and choral societies to perform as his two Passions, it has striven against Handel's Messiah as the obvious work to choose for a Christmas performance.... PDF File 170 kB
Bach Easter Oratorio - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) Bach composed many pieces of celebratory music during his time in Leipzig. As these were only destined to receive one performance it is not surprising to find movements from them reappearing in the church cantatas which he had to provide each week... PDF File 100 kB
Bach Ascension Oratorio - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) During the 1730s Bach set about preparing a library of music to meet all the needs of the Church year at the Leipzig churches for which he provided the music.... PDF File 120 kB
Bach Magnificat in D - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) Bach's D major Magnificat has long been known as one of his finest short choral works and is frequently performed on festive occasions.... PDF File 120 kB
Bach Magnificat in E flat - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) Bach's D major Magnificat has long been known as one of his finest short choral works and is frequently performed on festive occasions. His earlier version of the work, in the key of E flat major, is no mere transposition and deserves to be better known.... PDF File 60 kB
Bach B Minor Mass (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) A talk given at the premiere of this edition on the origin of the mass. Bach’s B Minor Mass seems to have been written with no discernible purpose in mind. It springs from a Lutheran rather than a Catholic tradition... PDF File 130 kB
Bach B Minor Mass Preface Scholars have debated endlessly over Bach’s reasons for compiling the Mass in B minor. PDF File 330 kB
Schütz The Christmas Story - (Novello edition ed. N. Jenkins) Schütz composed this work towards the end of a long and full life, during which he brought the musical style of Giovanni Gabrieli and other influential Italian composers northwards to the Protestant Courts of Kassel, Dresden and Copenhagen.... PDF File 80 kB
Haydn The Creation (King’s Music edition ed. N. Jenkins) Programme Note on preparing a new English text for The Creation. PDF File 140 kB
Text of Haydn The Creation in a new translation by Neil Jenkins. PDF File 90 kB
Haydn The Seasons - (King’s Music edition ed. N. Jenkins) Haydn’s last great choral work deserves to be better known in this country, but has been badly served by its English translators from the very beginning. PDF File 110 kB
Text of Haydn The Seasons in a new translation by Neil Jenkins. PDF File 145 kB