Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) never wrote an opera, but his two settings of the passion narrative (from the New Testament Gospels of John and Matthew) are sacred dramas of the highest order. Until the time of Bach, passions were sung fairly simply, as chants with occasional choral responses.
In this lecture, Matthew Dirst traces the parallels between Bach´s passion settings and visual depictions of the passion from the Baroque period, using paintings from the MFAH collection.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
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