A <i>St. Mark Passion</i> Makes the Rounds

Daniel R. Melamed

in Hearing Bach's Passions

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195169331
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865376 | DOI:
 A St. Mark Passion Makes the Rounds

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What should we make of the 18th-century practice of reworking passion settings for performances in various times and places? In Bach's time passion settings were freely adapted to local needs. This practice is well-documented in an anonymous St. Mark Passion that Bach performed (in several different versions) throughout his career, a work which also saw adapted performances in other places as well.

Keywords: reworking passion settings; pastiche; performance; passion settings

Chapter.  7463 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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