Mini Bach Experience: St. Matthew Passion, Part 3 of 6

Movements 38–40

This week, Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett discusses movements 38–40, in which Peter denies Christ three times. This excerpt includes the popular and moving alto aria, Erbarme dich (Have mercy, Lord). After Scott's insights, enjoy the audio and visuals from our performance at the 2019 Charlotte Bach Festival.

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On the Video

0.07 - Mini "Bach Experience"
St. Matthew Passion, Part 3

Scott Allen Jarrett

Movements 38–40

10.50 - #38a: Peter denies knowing Jesus

11.51 - #38b: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen

12.01 - #38c: Peter denies Jesus a third time, fulfilling the prophecy

13.25 - #39: Erbarme dich

19.25 - #40: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen;


Text & Translation

   
38a. Evangelist

Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast;
und es trat zu ihm eine Magd und sprach:

Magd I

Und du warest auch mit dem Jesus aus Galiläa.

Evangelist

Er leugnete aber vor ihnen allen und sprach:

Petrus

Ich weiß nicht, was du sagest.

Evangelist

Als er aber zur Tür hinausging,
sahe ihn eine andere und sprach zu denen, die da waren:

Magd II

Dieser war auch mit dem Jesu von Nazareth.

Evangelist

Und er leugnete abermal und schwur dazu:

Petrus

Ich kenne des Menschen nicht.

Evangelist

Und über eine kleine Weile traten hinzu,
die da stunden, und sprachen zu Petro:

38a. Evangelist

Peter, however, sat outside of the palace;
and a maid came up to him and said:

Maid I

And you were also with that Jesus of Galilee

Evangelist

He denied it however before them all and said:

Peter

I don't know what you are saying.

Evangelist

As he was going out of the door,
however, another one saw him and said to those who were near:

Maid II

This one was also with that Jesus from Nazareth.

Evangelist

And he denied again, and swore to it:

Peter

I do not know the man.

Evangelist

And after a little while people standing around
came up and said to Peter:


38b. Chor II

Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen; denn deine Sprache verrät dich.


38b. Chorus II

Truly you are also one of them; your speech gives you away.


38c. Evangelist

Da hub er an sich zu verfluchen und zu schwören:

Petrus

Ich kenne des Menschen nicht.

Evangelist

Und alsbald krähete der Hahn. Da dachte Petrus an die Worte Jesu, da er zu ihm sagte: "Ehe der Hahn krähen wird, wirst du mich dreimal verleugnen." Und ging heraus und weinete bitterlich.


38c. Evangelist

Then he began to curse and swear:

Peter

I do not know the man.

Evangelist

And just then the cock crew. Then Peter remembered the words of Jesus, when he said to him: "before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.


39. Arie A (Chor I)

Erbarme dich, mein Gott,
Um meiner Zähren Willen!
Schaue hier, Herz und Auge
Weint vor dir bitterlich.
Erbarme dich, erbarme dich!


39. Aria A (Chorus I)

Have mercy, my God,
for the sake of my tears!
Look here, heart and eyes
weep bitterly before you.
Have mercy, have mercy!


40. Choral

Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen,
Stell ich mich doch wieder ein;
Hat uns doch dein Sohn verglichen
Durch sein Angst und Todespein.
Ich verleugne nicht die Schuld,
Aber deine Gnad und Huld
Ist viel größer als die Sünde,
Die ich stets bei mir befinde.


40. Chorale

Although I have been separated from you,
yet I return again;
even so your Son set the example for us
through his anguish and mortal pain.
I do not deny my guilt,
but your grace and mercy
is much greater than the sin
that I constantly discover in me.



Performed live at the Charlotte Bach Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC

BA|Charlotte Cantata Choir
North Carolina Baroque Orchestra
Scott Allen Jarrett, conducting



The stained glass in the video and at the top of this page is located in the sanctuary of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, the site of the Akademie's 2019 Charlotte Bach Festival performance of the St. Matthew Passion.

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