Learning Exercise

St. Matthew Passion: Module 2

Fourth reading (of seven) on the St. Matthew Passion.


"Bach to School" is open-content curriculum that threads its way through four summative works of J. S. Bach. Designed... see more


  1. Go to the following URL and scroll down to Module 2:
  2. Read the essay: "The Chorales of Bach's Passion: Their Sources and Dramatic Roles."


  • A "chorale" is a hymn of the Lutheran Church.
  • The St. Matthew Passion incorporates nine chorales.
  • Some are heard more than once, for a total of 15 hearings.
  • This reading details who wrote the music and the words and their historical contexts.


  1. Answer the ten questions at:
  2. Enter your name and instructor's email at the top of the page and then click the "Send to Instructor" button.