St. Matthew's Passion, J.S. Bach

March 16, 2012
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After the frustration of what I felt I had to post this morning, here is the introductory movement to the greatest piece of music ever written (in my opinion!). If I feel grumpy, then I listen to some of this wonderful music, and reflect on what the music is about.

 

Scripture passages are "read" out by a tenor, then a bass sings the words of Jesus.

The whole structure of this massive work is the same as a typical Lutheran sermon. Bach was not just writing great music. He was preaching the Gospel to us.

The German text, with English translation, can be found at the link below.

http://www.choral-society.org/resources/2005_06/St_Matthew_text.pdf

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