Thus far, the items examined in this exhibit have been presented in a chronology dependent on the Bible's structure. Viewing them in a different order brings new considerations to the forefront. This page presents a new timeline, where all works are arranged by date of premier. With this orientation, it is easier to think about other considerations, such as the evolution of musical style and basic conventions of book production over the years. Please click on the images below to access each item's description.

Page describing Bach's St. Matthew Passion

J. S. Bach
St. Matthew Passion
Premiered 1727

Page describing Handel's Israel in Egypt

George F. Handel
Israel in Egypt
Premiered 1739

Page describing Hande's Messiah

George F. Handel
Premiered 1742

Page describing Haydn's Seven Last Words

Joseph Haydn
Seven Last Words
Premiered 1786

Page describing Haydn's Creation

Joseph Haydn
The Creation
Premiered 1798

Page describing Verdi's Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiered 1842

Page describing Brahms's German Requiem

Johannes Brahms
A German Requiem
Premiered 1868

Page describing Verdi's Requiem

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiered 1874

Page describing Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Gustav Mahler
Resurrection Symphony
Premiered 1895

Page describing Strauss's Salome

Richard Strauss
Premiered 1905

Page describing Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms

Igor Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms
Premiered 1930

Page describing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Olivier Messiaen
Quartet for the End of Time
Premiered 1941

Page describing Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony

Leonard Bernstein
Jeremiah Symphony
Premiered 1942

Page describing Schoenberg's Moses und Aron

Arnold Schoenberg
Moses und Aron
Premiered 1957

Page describing Penderecki's St. Luke Passion

Krzysztof Penderecki
St. Luke Passion
Premiered 1966

Page describing Reich's Tehillim

Steve Reich
Premiered 1981