Juozas Rimas Jr (not the one playing) asks:
>So far I have listened only to two parts of this huge work (St. Matthew's
>Passion) and would like to ask you: which parts have made the biggest
>impression to you?
There's a moment at the recitatives that always strikes me: that one in
which the tortured Jesus cries:
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?"
Immediately (following the biblical text) the evangelist "translates" this
"Mein Gott, mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen?"
Bach simply writes here the same melody, in other key.
I've always wondered why this impresses me so much every time I hear it.
Perhaps this simple resource is a major example of musical "sympatheia"
("to suffer with"): the Evangelist wants to translate the words of Jesus,
but doing this, he also emulates his affection (affetto).... Imitatio
Christi, after all?. Whatever the answer may be, I find this attempt of
imitation deeply moving.
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