Written by Johann Sebastian Bach and first performed at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig on April 11, 1727 (Good Friday), the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, is a sacred oratorio for solo voices, double choir, and double orchestra. It sets to music, with interspersed chorales and arias, the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh chapters of the Gospel of Matthew in the Luther Bible; however, the actual verses that Bach set to music were provided by several contemporary poets, the principal contributor being Christian Friedrich Henrici, a poet who wrote under the name of "Picander." The work, in Bach's own handwriting, is considered a masterpiece of Baroque sacred music.
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St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2006
- Commentary by Wolff, Christoph; Rebmann, Martina
- This is a partial facsimile of the original document, St Matthew Passion BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.
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