Epilogue: Listening to Bach’s Passions Today

Daniel R. Melamed

in Hearing Bach's Passions

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195169331
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865376 | DOI:
 Epilogue: Listening to Bach’s Passions Today

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Does any of this matter? Bach's passion repertory was sung, played, and thought about very differently in his own time. Our ways of performing, listening, and understanding are unlike those of the 18th century—hardly surprising given the distance in culture and time. This suggests that Bach's passion music, able to engage listeners even in radically different circumstances, is compelling at some fundamental level that transcends performance practices and contexts.

Keywords: culture; passion repertory; 18th century; passion music

Chapter.  1382 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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