MUSIC AND THE PASSION: Introduction
Are you thinking about having music in your passion play? Read the article below for information about the type and style of music, the function of music, introducing a choir, educational choral projects, choral conductor, performance decisions and legal issues.
The following web resources will be useful when exploring how to use music in passion plays:
Total Choir Resources has several articles with useful information for choral conductors, with sections such starting up a choir, managing your, choir, choosing music, choir warm ups, etc.
BBC Step by step guide to learning how to sing.
The BBC has articles about singing in a choir.
The BBC has articles about setting up a choir.
MUSIC AND THE PASSION: Historical Overview
Explore the way the theme of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Jesus Christ has been treated in vocal music throughout the ages. It is divided chronologically into two parts. The first part covers music from Middle ages until the end of the Renaissance and the second part treats vocal music from the early Baroque period until today.
I. Liturgical drama
- Planctus, Blessed Virgin Mary Laments
- Quem Meritis dialogues
- Visitatio Sepulchri (Visitation to the Sepulchre)
- Ludus Paschalis: Ressurrection Plays
- Passion plays
- Passion Gospel
II.Vernacular liturgical drama
- a) The Marienklage (Lament of Mary)
- b) Passion Plays
I. Staged works:
- Jesuit drama
- Sacra rapprasentatione (Sacred play)
- Sepolcro (Sepulchre)
- Passion play at Oberammergau
- Wagner sacred drama
- Passion Musicals
- The Passion Opera
II. Unstaged works
- The St Philpe Nery oratories
- The Oratorio
- Oratorio in Viena, Metastasio’s Libretto Passio
- German Passion
- The Passion Cantatas
- Stabat Mater
- Haendel and the English oratorio
- Grand Choral Festivals
- The Cathedral choral tradition
- 20th and 21st Century Passion