Bach, St Matthew Passion

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Bach's St. Matthew Passion was written in 1727. Only two of the four (or five) settings of the Passion which Bach wrote have survived; the other is the St. John Passion. The St. Matthew Passion was probably first performed on Good Friday (11 April) 1727 in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach was the Kapellmeister. He revised it by 1736, performing it again on March 30, 1736, this time including two organs in the instrumentation.

The St. Matthew Passion was not heard outside of Leipzig until 1829, when Felix Mendelssohn performed an abbreviated and modified version of it in Berlin to great acclaim. Mendelssohn's revival of the St. Matthew Passion brought the music of Bach, particularly the large-scale works, to a public and scholarly attention that has persisted into the present era. Sims Reeves claimed that he had sung the tenor music in the first complete performance of the work in England, at St James's Hall under William Sterndale Bennett, in around 1864 with Helen Lemmens-Sherrington, Charlotte Sainton-Dolby and Willoughby Weiss. Reeves modified some of the difficult intervals for the tenor part.

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