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Hearing Bach's Passions$
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Daniel R. Melamed

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169331.001.0001

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Epilogue: Listening to Bach’s Passions Today

Epilogue: Listening to Bach’s Passions Today

Does any of this matter?

(p.131) Epilogue: Listening to Bach’s Passions Today
Hearing Bach's Passions

Daniel R. Melamed

Oxford University Press

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

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