Yesterday was Felix Mendelssohn’s birthday. Mendelssohn is credited with reviving Bach and his music from near obscurity shortly after the turn of the 19th century.
Felix’s aunt, who was a student of Bach’s son, W.F. Bach, had collected a few manuscripts of J.S. Bach’s music. In 1829, Felix, with the help of his aunt, his teacher, Zelter (who also respected Bach’s music) and a close friend, mounted a production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Berlin. This was the first performance of the work since Bach’s death in 1750.
The rest, as they say, is history. Thank you, Felix.