St Luke Passion, BWV 246

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The St Luke Passion (German: Lukas-Passion), BWV 246, is a musical composition. Its author is not known. It was thought that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the passion. However, the style of the composition is different from Bach's style.

History[change | change source]

The manuscript of the St Luke Passion was written by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.[1] Franz Hauser bought the manuscript in the early 19th century. He thought that Johann Sebastian Bach was the author of the composition. He asked Felix Mendelssohn for his opinion. Mendelssohn thought that Bach was not the author of the composition. He pointed out that a chorale did not fit Bach's style.[1]

It was thought that Bach copied the Passion setting to be performed in Leipzig in 1730. However, this has been proven to be false.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Melamed, Daniel R. (2005). "Bach/Not Bach: The Anonymous St. Luke Passion BWV 246: How did an anonymous passion come to be attributed to Bach, and what does it mean that it did?". Hearing Bach's Passions. Oxford University Press. pp. 111–130. ISBN 9780195169331.
  2. Melamed, Daniel R. (24 July 2018). "Hat Johann Sebastian Bach die Lukas-Passion BWV 246 aufgeführt?". Bach-Jahrbuch. 92: 161–169. doi:10.13141/bjb.v20061800.