Passion Pointers: Five Tips for Getting to Know Bach's St. John Passion

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The St. John Passion is one of Bach's two great surviving Passions, or sacred oratorios, the other being the St. Matthew Passion. Bach composed his St. John Passion at the beginning of his long tenure in Leipzig, to be performed at the Good Friday services of 1724.

Since this masterwork is less popular (and less frequently performed) than the St. Matthew Passion, choral director and WQXR host Kent Tritle gives us some basics about the St. John Passion with a set of five Passion Pointers. Listen to these and then tune in to WQXR's live broadcast of the work by Les Violons du Roy from Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 25.

Pointer One: The many types of music to listen for

Pointer Two: Knowing the difference between the St. John and St. Matthew Passions

Pointer Three: The significance of the work's many chorales

Pointer Four: The way Bach uses male and female voices

Pointer Five: The history of the work's creation

Hosted by:

Kent Tritle

Produced by:

Aaron Cohen


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Comments [3]



The texts and translations are here:

Mar. 26 2012 10:39 AM

where can find the English text.g

Mar. 25 2012 02:17 PM
Jonathan Brown from Lawrence, New York

A different program appears in place of St Mathew's Passion from 2009.

Mar. 19 2012 11:21 AM

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