Felix Mendelssohn performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 11 March 1829 for the first time in 100 years, marking the rediscovery of Bach as a composer.
This historic performance, due in large part to Mendelssohn’s vision (he was only fifteen when he first saw the score of the Passion, and twenty when his efforts to perform the work were realized), resulted in a full-scale revival and re-evaluation of Bach’s works throughout Germany and beyond, and a universal recognition of their genius and significance.
If you have never heard the St Matthew Passion you can listen to it here
From the Performing Arts Encylcopedia
Johann Sebastian Bach’s stature as a composer of such extraordinary genius and widespread influence is so firmly established in Western culture that it is difficult to imagine that only a little over a century-and-a-half ago, his music and reputation languished in obscurity, virtually unknown to all…
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