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St Matthew Passion

Wednesday 12 July 2017
6.30-10.00pm
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

Bach's St Matthew Passion was never designed to be a concert piece, and some of the most exciting performances in recent years have been ones in which the latent drama of the piece has been vividly realised. As part of the York Early Music Festival 2017 - the festival's 40th anniversary - the St Matthew Passion will be brought to life anew, with a theatrical and participatory performance.

In Peter Seymour's new edition of Bach's early version, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists will seek out the dramatic element in a semi-staged production directed by Thomas Guthrie and featuring two of today's most vital interpreters of the roles of Christ and the Evangelist. This performance will also explore the original role of the 'great Passion' as a part of the Good Friday church service, with chorales involving the participation of the congregation - otherwise known as the audience!

These three chorales outline the work as a prelude, interlude and postlude. At 6.30pm on the evening of the performance, the audience will be invited to a short rehearsal of the three chorales they will be singing. The sheet music and a recording of parts, for preparation in advance of the event are available below.

Da Jesus an dem Kreuz stund

Verses 1-3
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund vv1-3.pdf
Verses 4-6
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund vv4-6.pdf
Verses 7-9
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund vv 7-9.pdf

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Complete)
O Lamm Gottes - unschuldig.pdf
 

Nun danket alle Gott (Complete)
Nun danket alle Gott.pdf


Da Jesus an dem Kreuz stund

Verse1
 

Verse 2
 

Verse 3
 

Verse 4
 

Verse 5
 

Verse 6
 

Verse 7
 

Verse 8
 

Verse 9
 

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig
Verse 1 and 2
 

Verse 3
 

Nun danket alle Gott (Complete)