Massive error in Vienna

Massive error in Vienna


norman lebrecht

January 25, 2015

error in vienna



  • John Borstlap says:

    Yes…. When Mendelssohn dug-up the Matthäus Passion and performed it in Berlin in 1829, he found the work so beautiful that he thought it could never have been written by Handel, so he scratched-out his name and replaced it by Bach’s. (Mendelssohn was only 20 at the time.)

    This kind of thing often happened in music history, where mythology reigns supreme, with the real authors of Beethoven’s Eroica, Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie and Brahm’s Alto Rhapsodie still lurking in the shadows.

    • Gonout Backson says:

      With Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann it’s pretty simple: Nannerl, Fanny and Clara wrote the stuff.

    • Shalom Rackovsky says:

      I’m sorry- that is rank nonsense. Aren’t you aware of modern scholarship, which proves beyond any possible doubt that the St. Matthew Passion was written by Mendelssohn himself, and passed off as Bach in a bald-faced effort to create a sensation? Neutron activation analysis has shown conclusively that the manuscript was written on paper from the 19th century, and we all know, from a study of Mendelssohn’s own, acknowledged works that he was perfectly capable of appropriating Lutheran chorales when he needed to. Felix Mendelssohn was the Kreisler of 19th century Germany. All musicologists know this.


  • David Boxwell says:

    Lazy Bach only wrote one Matthew Passion, but Busy Telemann cranked out a dozen (one every four years).

  • CDH says:

    Now if WOMEN had been in charge of the postering in Vienna (they, along with Asian-Austrians, are criminally under-represented among the posterers associated with the Orchestra), this would never have happened.


  • Derek Castle says:

    Perhaps it’s their way of getting back at Bach for not being Austrian – whereas we all know Handel was English !

  • Pirkko says:

    Another major mistake is the spelling of Händel’s name. It’s Georg Friederich, not Georg Friedrich.

  • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

    Something to talk about im Kaffeehausl.

  • John Borstlap says:

    No, they got that one wrong too – it was the VPO. Also it appears that the poster was to be meant for the Johannes Passion.