Reimagining Matthew’s Passion: Bach and Pasolini
April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bach’s oratorio in 1727 and Pasolini’s movie in 1964 are the two most famous adaptations of Matthew’s Passion. Each of them highlighted different aspects of the original narrative. Inspired by Luther’s reformation, Bach put all the emphasis on Christ’s death and self-sacrifice for forgiveness of sins and individual salvation, to the point of omitting the story of the resurrection. Produced in the aftermath of the Vatican II Council and dedicated to the “loving memory of Pope John XXIII,” Pasolini’s work presents Jesus as the people’s messiah, the champion of the poor and the oppressed, a reformed Jewish teacher who fought against the oppressive religious and political authorities of the time. Both authors showed how the ancient narrative could resonate fresh to contemporary audiences.
The lecture in open to the public, free of charge.