View Poll Results: Which Bach work do you like better?

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  • Mass in B Minor

    40 64.52%
  • St. Matthew Passion

    22 35.48%
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Thread: Poll: Bach Mass in B Minor vs St. Matthew Passion

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    Default Poll: Bach Mass in B Minor vs St. Matthew Passion

    Which of these epic masterworks do you prefer and why? I'm only listened to them each a few times so I haven't been able to digest which one I like better yet. I wasn't able to find any similar threads comparing these works.

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    Mass in B minor, hands down. It just has more parts I really really like than the other one.

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    I consider both among the greatest works of music ever composed, but I prefer the St. Matthew Passion. It seems more fiery, colorful and dynamic to me somehow and my favorite movements from it I like slightly more than my favorite movements from the Mass in B minor.

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    I've always liked the music in the St Matthew Passion, but it's way too long for me! And all that recitative... So a friend on another forum put together this playlist, which is in the order the pieces appear in the work. 54 minutes, and all the finest of the fine!

    Kommt, Ihr Töchter, Helft Mir Klagen
    Buss Und Reu
    Blute Nur, Du Liebes Herz
    Erkenne Mich, Mein Hüter
    Ich Will Hier Bei Dir Stehen
    So Ist Mein Jesus Nun Gefangen
    O Mensch, Bewein' Dein Sünde Gross
    Ach, Nun Ist Mein Jesus Hin
    Erbarme Dich
    Aus Liebe Will Mein Heiland Sterben
    Mache Dich, Mein Herze, Rein
    Wir Setzen Uns Mit Tränen Nieder


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    I love them both. But Hohe Messe hands down, no doubt!

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    St. Matthew Passion, definitely. Bach lets us go through Passion Week and get it right this time.

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    The length of the Passion has prevented me absorbing it as well as I'd like. This shall be remedied soon.

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    I chose Mass in B minor, but this may be due to the fact that I've seen the mass live but not the passion. Hearing it live really made a difference to me. I do love both though.

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    I voted for the B minor mass. They're both great, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I've always liked the music in the St Matthew Passion, but it's way too long for me!
    Yes, I usually just listen to my favorite movements of both the Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion. I don't think there is anything wrong with this (of course it is also great to listen to the works all the way through I just don't think it is necessary to do so to enjoy the many beautiful individual movements in these works). I based my choice for favorite on the work that contains the most music I like, not what I think works best as 1 whole work from start to finish.

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    If anyone can afford a full, serious listening of the Mass, here is a good video to go by; it is a scrolling score that follows you throughout the whole thing. The whole channel also has the Goldberg Variations, the two WTC volumes, and the Art of Fugue. A godsend to Bach and score lovers alike.
    May not music be described as the mathematics of sense, mathematics as music of the reason?

    - Bertrand Russell

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    The Matthew Passion by far. I listen to it every year with Easter - length is not an issue at all for me!
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    The St Matthew is simply one of the greatest works of music ever. The Mass sums up Bach's work.

    Both astounding works. But if pushed I would prefer the St Matthew.

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    St. John passion! .....okay okay St. Matthew...

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    Messiah.

    Seriously now, St Matthew Passion. Mass in B Minor is overrated in my opinion.

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