Have mercy, my God. Aria Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion

With humility, but fulfilled with great shyness, I would like to present quite different kind of music. I realize, that classical music for many people had grew into the myth, that ordinary man can not listen to it.

My favourite epoque in music is braoque, and beloved composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Banality? Perhaps. For me, it`s so important that Bach treated music as servant to God, and art for him was like religion. He always created for God. His works have call on the beginning : Jesu Juva- Jesus help; he constantly finished with signature SDG – Soli Deo Gloria. Glory to Only God.

Passion is the element of Palm Sunday and Good Friday Liturgy, when the torment of Jesus Christ is considered.

The St Matthew Passion (German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244, is a Passion, a sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew  to music, with interspersed chorales and arias.

Please, don`t be afraid…aria Erbarme dich lasts seven minutes and this time should be enough to understand my love for Bach. Perhaps it will lead to listen whole  Passion?

This fragment of Matthew`s Passion is concerned with Peter`s betrayal, when he three times disowned his beloved Master. The music, that seems so gentle, contains moving words of feeling quilty.

The deep despair is stressed by phenomenally melodic line of first violin. Yehudi Menuhin, american violin`s  virtuoso had claimed, that this is most wonderful violin music ever created.


Erbarme dich, mein Gott,
um meiner Zähren willen!
Schaue hier, Herz und Auge
weint vor dir bitterlich.
Erbarme dich, mein Gott.
Have mercy, my God,
for the sake of my tears!
See here, before you
heart and eyes weep bitterly.
Have mercy, my God.




Music of Spirit

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