Learning Exercise

St. Matthew Passion: Module 3

Video lecture on the St. Matthew Passion: first video module (of two).


"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 3: http://bach.nau.edu/matthew/mpSCHOOL.html.
  2. Watch Helmuth Rilling's Second Discovery Lecture (Commentaries).


In this unit Helmuth Rilling explains how the music of the St. Matthew Passion articulates Bach's commentary on the text – a series of musical decisions that he made to go well beyond traditional word painting. Bach actually used music to interpret and shape the meaning of the text.


  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.