Some Amazing Facts about Bach’s Music.
The ‘St Matthew Passion’ is recognised by music lovers to be one of the great works of musical history. Far less well known is the fact there are many movements in this huge piece (arias, recitatives, choruses etc) where detailed study of the actual number of bars in a movement or even the total number of its musical notes in that movement correspond precisely to the biblical chapter and even the verse numbers of the biblical text being refered to in that same movement !
But the 'St Matthew Passion' is not the only example of this phenomenon. It is found in many other of his works.