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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missing Bach Score Found in Japan

TOKYO -- Part of a lost composition by Johann Sebastian Bach has been found in Japan about 80 years after it went missing, a music professor said.

Eight pages of the 1728 composition Wedding Cantata BWV 216 by the German Baroque master were recently found among the possessions of the late Japanese classical pianist Chieko Hara, said Tadashi Isoyama, a professor at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

The partial score, consisting of the soprano and alto portions of the cantata, was believed to have been copied by Bach's students under his direction at the time he composed the work, he said.

Composed for the wedding of a daughter of a customs official, the cantata later made its way into the hands of collectors and was last known to have been in the possession of the family of German composer Felix Mendelssohn in 1926. Though most of the work remains lost to history, the find is important for Bach scholars because the fragments are believed to be those used when the cantata was originally performed in 1728.