The St. Matthew Passion (German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of Baroque music. Written in 1727 by Bach for performances in his Leipzig St. Thomas Church, it is uniquely scored for two groups of vocalists and double orchestra. It sets parts of the Gospel of Matthew to music, told by the Evangelist (Tenor) in dialogue with Jesus (Baritone) and with interspersed chorales and arias.
Year by year, the St. Matthew Passion is performed in major cathedrals and concert halls all over the world. However, it is a rare treat for it to be performed in the United States.