Vol II No. 2

Objectively Divine: Mengelberg’s 1939 St. Matthew Passion

Daniel Orsen

Bach is the most objective of composers. Objective with a capital O because his music points towards the Truth, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. It is the closest artistic expression of the fullness of God’s creation, our place in it, the life of Christ, the meaning of his life and death, and even the nature of God. Self-expression was not a concern for Bach. His music is certainly expressive, but never self-centered or wayward; it points towards God, the Objective.

Because God

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