Music MA

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

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.