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15/04/1729 J. S. Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

The St Matthew Passion is a Passion, a sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo voices, double choir, and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander. It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to music, with interspersed chorales and arias.


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