Masterpieces of Sacred Music.

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camaron wrote:

camaron wrote:

Well, just my little excuse to mention it myself! I have always found it incredibly telling how Mendelssohn, when restoring Bach’s figure, chose St Matthew Passion and not the Mass. After all it was the Mass, not the Passion, that Bach chose/created as a sort of testament to his powers as an artist, a compendium of his skills and achievements. But for Mendelssohn the fact that Bach was German was just as necessary and essential as the fact that he was a great and universal artist. We could think that his being German was in fact the whole point.

From what I've read, notably Christoph Wolff's biography, Bach considered the St Matthew Passion to be his greatest work. It was actually performed several times in his lifetime, though not again until Mendelssohn revived it. The B minor Mass, stupendous though it is, was more of an academic exercise; there were no circumstances under which it could have been performed in Bach's time.

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If you apparently have some interest in some mere opinions of others, I may suggest that you reconsider whether that interest has basis in musical value.

No need...indeed.

I (and possibly others) have interest in how others approach the musical value, which is there regardless of "mere opinions".

Rachmaninov's Vespers, Op.37 is one of the few incontestable and most notable masterpieces of 20th century Sacred Music. However, it is interesting to note how people approach such a rigorous manifestation of the traditional orthodox liturgy.

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If musical values are fixed, different approaches should yield the same rankings, or if not, as the posts so far appear to show, the wrong can be so advised.

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