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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Binding Grief: Why Bach’s Interpretation of ‘Golgotha’ Strengthens His Theology

Sofia Martin

St. John's College, 2020

Recitativo #69 of the St. Matthew Passion is super weird - this essay explores why. It is half rigorous chordal analysis and half exploration of theological interpretation and musical form.

Mi Tradi:
A Contemplation of Donna Elvira's Emotional State in Don Giovanni

Morgan Ballard-Wheeler

St. John's College, 2019

This essay follows the spirited and soulful character Donna Elvira throughout Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, questioning how she navigates her deep love for Don Giovanni while also denouncing his sinful ways.

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