We’re continuing with our series on composer Johann Sebastian Bach! In our last episode, we learned about Bach’s life, family, style and career. Today we’re going to learn about one of his most famous compositions — St. Matthew Passion.

You’ll learn…

  • What the term Passion refers to when we use it in music
  • Definitions to fancy vocabulary words like recictatives and arias
  • How this choral work led to the resurgence of Bach’s popularity

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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