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The Friday OT: JS Bach; The aria “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from The Passion of Saint Matthew (BWV 244)

Whatever faith you may profess, if at all, let’s agree on two things:
  • Around 2,000 years ago a man went around saying it was better to love than hate, said it a lot and said it out loud. He was killed for doing so. There is of course a lot more to the story but if only for that, it’s right to remember him.
  • This aria (“Have mercy, my God”) is just a short segment from one of Bach’s greatest works and you don’t need to be a Christian to be moved by its beauty. For what it’s worth. I was once at in a cathedral in South America and heard Bach being recited on a Good Friday (though not this particular piece). It was, in the root meaning of the word, truly a religious experience.

Youtube here. Please enjoy your Easter weekend.

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