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Johann Sebastian Bach's the St Matthew Passion stands as a singular expression of religious sensibility. Highlighting the inspiration Bach drew from opera, this book illuminates the hybrid forms that comprise the work, thereby clarifying many of the composer's dramatic strategies.
Victor Lederer is a New York-based critical writer on music and cultural issues. He is the author of Chopin: A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano in the Unlocking the Masters series from Amadeus Press. He has also published books on Debussy and Williamsburg. He is affiliated with the Brooklyn Historical Society.