The Little Match Girl Passion

JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude (Motet No. 3 in E minor, BWV 227)
David Lang The Little Match Girl Passion for four voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion (2008)

Cryptic presents David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion, combining Hans Christian Andersen’s heart-breaking tale with J.S. Bach’s setting of the St Matthew Passion. In a unique presentation of this previously un-staged masterpiece, the tragic story of the little match girl is brought to life by vocal ensemble and percussion.

Reverent and gracious, J.S. Bach’s commemorative masterpiece Jesu Meine Freude acts as a poignant precursor to the fragile beauty of the little match girl.

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