Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 29: St. Matthew Passion


Episode #29 of Busy Kids Love Music continues our enthralling three-part series on the iconic Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Building on our exploration of Bach’s life, family, and unique style in the previous episode, today’s journey delves into the soul-stirring world of one of his masterpieces—the St. Matthew Passion. Join me as we unravel the mysteries of this choral masterpiece, exploring the meanings behind musical terminology and understanding the profound impact this composition had on the resurgence of Bach’s popularity.

Begin your musical adventure with me as we demystify the term “Passion” in the context of music. Discover the historical and cultural significance of Passion compositions and their role in the Baroque era. Gain insights into how these works became powerful expressions of religious narratives and emotional depth in classical music.

In this episode, we dive into the intricate world of choral music, uncovering fancy vocabulary words such as recitatives and arias. Explore the unique characteristics of these musical elements and how they contribute to the storytelling within the St. Matthew Passion. Learn how Bach’s compositional prowess brought these components together to create a deeply moving and spiritually resonant experience.

Witness the transformative impact of the St. Matthew Passion on Bach’s legacy. Delve into the historical context surrounding the composition and understand how this choral work played a pivotal role in the resurgence of Bach’s popularity. Explore the enduring appeal of the St. Matthew Passion and its profound influence on classical music enthusiasts worldwide.

Busy Kids Love Music is dedicated to making classical music history accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #29 not only explores the depths of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion but also provides educational insights into the terminology, structure, and cultural significance of this renowned choral masterpiece.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the beauty of classical music with your child or a young listener excited to learn about Bach’s profound compositions, Episode #29 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the captivating sounds of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion transport you to a world of musical wonder.

Join me as we unveil the brilliance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Happy listening!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Episode 28: The Life of J.S. Bach

Episode 8: Handel’s Messiah

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

St. Matthew Passion — Opening Chorus

St. Matthew Passion – No. 18 (Evangelist, Jesus)

St. Matthew Passion – No. 39 (Aria)

St. Matthew Passion (Chorale Settings)

St. Matthew Passion (Final Chorus)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 29

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances connected to this episode’s theme. Check it out here.

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