JS Bach and the
Matthew Passion

JS Bach's great masterpiece didn't just appear in isolation; it came as the culmination of centuries of experimentation and development. Before looking at the Passion itself, this background is detailed, and then the legacy and revival examined. Also, is Olivet to Calvary a worthy successor?

Interesting questions are also asked, such as: why was Johann Kuhnau grumpy in 1721?, did Bach blunder with his chorales?, and was Schütz an agent of Beelzebub?

This talk lasts about 60 minutes, or longer if required.  All necessary equipment (projector, screen, sound system) is provided.