Learning Exercise

St. Matthew Passion: Module 5

Fifth 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 5:
  2. Read the essay: "The Words of Bach's Passion: Its Bible, Poetry, and Chorales"


  • The Evangelist's words (the narrative) are found in chapters 26-27 of the Gospel of Matthew, from the¬†Luther Bible.
  • The remaining libretto was written by Bach's poet collaborator, Picander. These poems¬†are heard in the arias.
  • Additionally, Lutheran hymns (known as chorales) are heard fifteen times.


  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.