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The Double Chorus in the St. Matthew Passion BWV 244: Is Bach’s St. Matthew Passion really for double chorus and orchestra?

Daniel R. Melamed

in Hearing Bach's Passions

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195169331
eISBN:
9780199865376
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169331.003.03
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Is Bach's St. Matthew Passion really for double-chorus and orchestra? The one thing everyone seems to know is that the St. Matthew Passion is a double-chorus composition. The idea that the work ... More


Sacred and secular: the vocal works

Richard D. P. Jones

in The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750: Music to Delight the Spirit

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199696284
eISBN:
9780191761102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696284.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter analyzes the following works: Secular cantatas (BWV 134a, 173 a, 249 a, 36c, 205, 207, 198, 204, 210a); sacred cantatas; Magnificat and Passion; sacred cantatas: chorale cantatas; St ... More


The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Jeffrey S. Sposato

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book examines the relationship of composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47) to his Jewish heritage. Most scholars since World War Two have assumed that Mendelssohn, who was born Jewish but was ... More


Hearing Bach's Passions

Daniel R. Melamed

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195169331
eISBN:
9780199865376
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169331.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Johann Sebastian Bach's two surviving passions—St. John and St. Matthew—are an essential part of the modern repertory, performed regularly both by professional ensembles and amateur groups. These ... More


The Passion and the Passions: The St Matthew Passion BWV 244

Markus Rathey

in Bach's Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300217209
eISBN:
9780300219517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300217209.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the St Matthew Passion and its interpretation of the death of Christ as a manifestation of divine love. George Frideric Handel’s Messiah reflected the esthetics of Victorian ... More


The Arrested Procession

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses the opening chorus of the St. Matthew Passion. The chorus is based on a da capo aria text, and its shape makes sense only against the background of the generic conventions that ... More


Bach, St Matthew Passion

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0097
Subject:
Music, History, Western

It may seem to some a hopeless task to present Johann Sebastian Bach's “St Matthew Passion” in a London concert room, because if one listens to it as a concert piece one shall entirely mistake its ... More


Conclusion: Matters of Perspective

Jeffrey S. Sposato

in The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter reviews the overall argument of the book. It summarizes how Mendelssohn's early sacred works, including his edition of The St. Matthew Passion, his unused libretto for Marx's ... More


• Musical Activities

Clive Brown

in A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095395
eISBN:
9780300127867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095395.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Musical activities played an important role in the education of Felix Mendelssohn and his siblings. Felix, in particular, gained so much practical experience from the regular Sunday concerts that ... More


Interlude: Jean-Jacques contra Augustinum: A Little Treatise on Moral-Political Theology

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter tells the story of the transition from the premodern Christian moral-political outlook to the modern post-Christian worldview, providing a larger context for the musical developments, a ... More


• Editing Music

Clive Brown

in A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095395
eISBN:
9780300127867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095395.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Following the practice of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others, Felix Mendelssohn arranged a number of baroque choral compositions for the larger orchestral resources during his time. One such ... More


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