The Music Plays On — The Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach

Agnus Dei, Francisco de Zurbarán

The St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion by the German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, are pillars to which any lover of music, and I say this casting the widest possible net, should listen. And today, Good Friday, is the day to do it.

What is a Passion? In this instance, a “passion” refers to the final days of Jesus Christ. The word “passion,” therefore, is…