Mendelssohn's original Bach St. Matthew Passion full score. Throughout the score, Mendelssohn made dynamic and articulation marks in light pencil, preserving the original manuscript. Photo courtesy of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.
Get a sneak peek at a rehearsal of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia! Meet Artistic Director Alan Harler and other members of Mendelssohn Club's family for an introduction to the world of choral music.
Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Bach-Mendelssohn Project celebrates the Mendelssohn Club's 140th season with a reconstruction of Felix Mendelssohn's 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Mendelssohn's edits to the original score were designed to popularize Bach among mid-19th-century audiences, who were more likely to study than to perform the composer's work. When the 20-year-old Mendelssohn conducted a performance of the Passion in 1829, it helped to inspire a widespread revival of Bach's music, and fueled the growth of choral societies across Europe and the United States, including the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register if you plan to attend.