Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Bach and the Lutheran Passion MUSIC2004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

A course designed to introduce students to a wide range of repertories and traditions centering around the two Passion settings of J.S. Bach.


10 x 2 hr lectures and 10 x 1 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

A Grade D3 or above in 40 credits of Level 1 Music Courses or be enrolled in the first year of a BMus.

Excluded Courses



Essay (1,500 words) - 50%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the Passion tradition from the 16th-century up to Bach.

■ Engage with major baroque forms and genres that play a part in Bach's settings (e.g. opera, oratorio, cantata, concerto, motet, recitative).

■ Interpret the works of Bach in relation to issues of theology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Identify characteristics of some of the main genres and forms of the Baroque era.

■ Contextualise Bach's Passion settings and associated repertory.

■ Apply knowledge of the Lutheran tradition and its theological stances in both written and oral discussion.

■ Analyse the relationship between music and text as might be defined by composers, performers and listeners.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.