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St. Matthew Passion Cuepoints

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Audio

J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

Christiane Oelze, soprano; Ingeborg Danz, alto; Michael Schade, tenor; Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, bass; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart; Bach Collegium Stuttgart; Helmuth Rilling, conductor

© 1999 Hänssler CLASSIC, CD recording No. 92.074 
Recorded Stadhalle, Sindelfingen, Germany. 
Used by permission.

Publications

The Saint Matthew Passion: a Text for Voices

John Reeves, poetry, introduction, and contexts: ©2001 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, ©2013 John Reeves, by permission of the author.

Liturgical Life in Orthodox Leipzig

By Frank C. Senn, from Christian Liturgy ©1997 Augsburg Fortress, by permission of the publisher.

The Candle and its Symbolism

The Forgotten Sermon of the St. Matthew Passion

The Words of Bach’s Passion: Its Bible, Poetry, and Chorales

Stations of the Cross: A Guide to Hearing the St. Matthew Passion over Five Days

Who Was Jesus of Nazareth?

On Angel’s Wings: Bach’s Passion from a Heavenly Point of View

Bach’s Easter Oratorio: Peter sees the shroud of the risen Lord

By Timothy A. Smith

The Chorales of Bach’s Passion: their Sources and Dramatic Roles

By Timothy A. Smith and Ben Kammin

Fifth Passion-Sermon: Peter Thrice Denies the Lord Jesus in the House of Caiaphas

By Martin Luther, tr. J. T. Isensee

Translators and translations

Afrikaans

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1983 Vertaling Hele Bybel, Copyright © 1983, with permission from the Bible Society of South Africa. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Albanian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Albanian Bible (public domain). Picander text retained in Quirino Principe’s Italian translation.

Armenian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1853 Western Armenian New Testament (Dwight/Riggs) public domain. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Azerbaijani

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Azerbaijani New Testament. The copyright status of this translation is unknown. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Basque

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew: Texto “Elizen Arteko Biblia” usado con permiso; © Sociedad Bíblica de España, miembro de Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas. Picander text retained in Alfonso Sebastián Alegre’s Spanish translation.

Belize Creole

Chapters 26-27 from Di Nyoo Testiment in Belize Kriol (1st ed.), Copyright © 2012, Wycliffe Bible Translators, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Bulgarian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Bulgarian Bible (public domain). Picander text retained in Peter Mesherinov’s Russian translation.

Catalàn

Josep-Miguel Serra at CataBach.com

Cebuano

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1917 Ang Biblia (Pinadayag version) courtesy of the Philippine Bible Society. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Chinese

Ting Hanson

Croatian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Hratska Biblija (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Czech

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Bibli Svata (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Danish

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from Dette er Biblen på dansk (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Dutch

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from De Bijbel (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

English

Tobin Schmuck, ©2012 Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC. By permission of bachvespersnyc.org

Esperanto

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1926 La Sankta Biblio (public domain). Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Estonian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Estonian Genesis and New Testament. The copyright status of this translation is unknown. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Finnish

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Finnish Bible – Raamattu (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

French

Guy Laffaille

Gaeilge

(Irish) Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from An Bíobla Naofa, Copyright © 1981 An Sagart. Used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Greek

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1892 Scrivener New Testament (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Gullah

Chapters 26-27 from De Good Nyews Bout Jedus Christ Wa Matthew Write (Sea Island Creole, 1st ed.) Copyright © 2005 American Bible Society. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Haitian Creole

Chapters 26-27 of the Haitian Creole Bible, public domain. Picander text retained in Guy Laffaille’s French translation.

Hawai’i Pidgin

Chapters 26-27 from the Hawai’i Pidgin Bible, Copyright © 2000, 2009 Wycliffe Bible Translators, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Hebrew

Aryeh Oron with special thanks for assistance in contacting other translators and his comprehensive website at bach-cantatas.com

Hindi

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Hindi Bible: EASY-TO-READ VERSION™, © 2010 World Bible Translation Center, a subsidiary of Bible League International, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Hungarian

József Szécsi based on a translation by Lajos Winkler and the Protestant Hungarian Bible (public domain). Sincere thanks to Rita Kaizinger for research assistance.

Icelandic

Chapters 26-27 of the Icelandic Bible, public domain. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Indonesian

Rianto Pardede (word against word libretto); hoverable text over the Calov Bible courtesy of the Indonesian Bible Society, Dikutip dari ALKITAB Terjemahan Baru (TB) © LAI 1974

Italian

Quirino Principe; translation 1998 on behalf of the celebrated “Società del Quartetto,” Milan.

Japanese

Junshiro Kawabata

Korean

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from THE HOLY BIBLE, Old and New Testaments, Common Translation, © Korean Bible Society 1997, 1999, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Latin

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Biblia Sacra Vulgata (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Latvian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1965 gada Bïbeles izdevuma revidetais teksts (the Revised Latvian Bible) Copyright © 1997 the Latvian Bible Society, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Lithuanian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Biblija, arba Šventasis Raštas, © 2012 Lietuvos Biblijos draugija, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck´s English translation.

Norwegian

Lars Brusletto Sveen

Plautdietsch

Matthew 26-27 text © 2001 Elmer I. Reimer. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Polish

Fr. Julian Mieczysław Śmierciak OFM

Portuguese

Sociedade das Ciências Antigas, Brazil, with appreciation to Pierre Vincenti.

Romanian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Cornilescu Bible (public domain). Picander text retained in German.

Russian

Fr. Peter Mesherinov

Serbian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Serbian New Testament: EASY-TO-READ VERSION™, © 2003 World Bible Translation Center, a subsidiary of Bible League International, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Slovak

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from Biblia, Slovenský ekumenický preklad, Copyright © 2008 Slovenská biblická spoločnosť. Used by permission. Picander text retained in German.

Spanish

Alfonso Sebastián Alegre

St. Lucian Creole

Chapters 26-27 from Tèstèman nèf-la: Épi an posyòn an liv samz-la, Copyright © 1999, Wycliffe Bible Translators, used by permission. Picander text retained in Guy Laffaille’s French translation.

Swahili

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu), Copyright ©1984, 1989, 2006, 2013 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Picander text retained in German.

Swedish

Eva L Hedlund, Swedish translator of spiritual texts, mainly in Bach’s work.

Tagalog

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND) Copyright © 1998 Bibles International. Used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Thai

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Thai New Testament: EASY-TO-READ VERSION™, © 2001 World Bible Translation Center, a subsidiary of Bible League International, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Turkish

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri, (New Translation) Copyright © The Bible Society in Turkey (Kitabı Mukaddes Şirketi) & The Translation Trust / Yeni Yaşam Yayınları, 2001,2008. Used by permission. Picander text retained in German.

Ukrainian

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Ukrainian Bible (public domain). Picander text retained in Peter Mesherinov’s Russian translation.

Vietnamese

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the 1934 Vietnamese Bible (public domain). Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

Welsh

Chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew from the Beibl Cymraeg Newydd (The New Welsh Bible) © Copyright British and Foreign Bible Society, 1988, 2004, used by permission. Picander text retained in Tobin Schmuck’s English translation.

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Special thanks

Hal Hinkle, Hinkle Charitable Foundation; Helmuth Rilling; Hänssler Classic; John Evans, President and Executive Director, Oregon Bach Festival; Todd E. Sullivan, Director, School of Music, Northern Arizona University; Michael Vincent, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Northern Arizona University