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St. John Passion
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Matilda Hofman, conductor

Early Music Baroque Ensembles of UC Davis

Bach: St. John Passion

Professor emeritus D. Kern Holoman writes— 

“The passion as a music genre achieve prominence in North Germany during the mid-Baroque, though its history extends well back in the Middle Ages, from which time there are examples in plainchant. Bach’s masterpieces are among the last. Individual singers in the St. John Passion take the roles of the characters in the story (Jesus, Pontius Pilate, etc). There is always an angry crowd, the turba judaeorum, urging crucifixion. The evangelist narrates the story. In the Bach passions, the story is told largely in recitative with short interjections by the cours. The aris reflect on the vents that have transpired; the chorales are affirmations of faith from the congregation. What is exceptional about the many chorales is the way bach harmonizes them to cast each text in the atmosphere appropriate to the surrounding drama. Bach wrote these works knowing that he would be able to engage virtuoso instrumentalists for this Easter week performances, such that there is important solo work for gamba, lute, woodwinds, and individual string players.”

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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