Learning Exercise

St. Matthew Passion: Module 6

Sixth 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 6:
  2. Watch the animation and read the essay: "Why Did Bach Sign His Name Backwards in the St. Matthew Passion?"


  • How did Bach arrive at the number 14 as his signature number?
  • What is Bach's signature melody?
  • How are Bach's number and melody present in the aria: "Gerne will ich mich bequemen?"


  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.