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The Great Passion by James Runcie

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The Great Passion by James Runcie

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The Great Passion by James Runcie

The story of a father and husband

The loss that almost destroyed him

And the work of art that would make him immortal.
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The Great Passion by James Runcie

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The story of a father and husband

The loss that almost destroyed him

And the work of art that would make him immortal.

Leipzig, 1726. Eleven-year-old Stefan Silbermann, a humble organ-maker’s son, has just lost his mother. Sent to Leipzig to train as a singer in the St Thomas Church choir, he struggles to stay afloat in a school where the
teachers are as casually cruel as the students.

Stefan’s talent draws the attention of the Cantor – Johann Sebastian Bach. Eccentric, obsessive and kind, he rescues Stefan from the miseries of school by bringing him into his home as an apprentice. Soon Stefan feels that this ferociously clever, chaotic family is his own. But when tragedy strikes, Stefan’s period of sanctuary in their household comes to a close.

Something is happening, though. In the depths of his loss, the Cantor is writing a new work: the Saint Matthew Passion, to be performed for the first time on Good Friday. As Stefan watches the work rehearsed, he realises he is witness to the creation of one of the most extraordinary pieces of music that has ever been written.

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