Amy Fay in Berlin - April, 1770

from Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era, page 59:

Last night I went with Mr. B. to hear Bach's Passion Music. Anything to equal that last chorus I never heard from voices. I felt as if it ought to go on forever, and could not bear to have it end. That chorale, "O Sacred Head now wounded," is taken from it, and it comes in twice; the second time with different harmonies and without accompaniment. It is the most exquisite thing; you feel as if you would like to die when you hear it. But the last chorus carries you straight up to heaven.
cite as

Amy Fay, Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (2011), p. 59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422572178920 accessed: 22 October, 2021

location of experience: Berlin

Listeners

Amy Fay
Pianist
1844-1928

Listening to

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Saint Matthew Passion
written by Bach

Experience Information

Date/Time April, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:56:19 +0000