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Workshops/Festivals 2011: (DE) Bach Festival (II) in Bad Krozingen (2011 May 20-22)

Contributed by Admin on May 09, 2011

The German Clavichord Society (DCS) in September 2010 started a four part festival devoted to J.S. Bach, his sources and his scholars. Close to Lüneburg in Northern Germany where the 15 years old Johann Sebastian was chorister, the first part of this festival was arranged in September 2010 at Bleckede Castle and devoted to the young Bach and his musical sources, namely Buxtehude, Reincken and Böhm.

The weekend was filled with lectures, recitals and the clavichord exhibition. Lectures were given by Jean-Claude Zehnder who presented fascinating and mostly unknown details around the various influences the young J.S. Bach experienced in Northern Germany, supported by musical examples played on the clavichord. In her recital Angela Koppenwallner presented Buxtehude, Reincken, Böhm, and early keyboard music by Bach clearly inspired by these North German masters. Siebe Henstra added members of the Bach family (Johann Michael, Johann Christoph – the twin brother of J.S. Bach's father) to the list of North German composers Scheidemann, Reincken, Weckmann and Lübeck.

Part 2 of the Bach Festival will take place 20 – 22 May in Bad Krozingen (South-West Germany, close to Freiburg and Basel), in the famous Neumeyer – Junghanns – Tracey – Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, and consequently is labelled "Johann Sebastian Bach and the South". Visitors can expect an extended overview of the southern predecessors and contemporaries of J.S. Bach, from Frescobaldi and Froberger to Pachelbel and J.C.F. Fischer, whose Ariadne Musica, a collection of 20 preludes and fugues in different keys, will be presented by Paul Simmonds. Nicole Hostettler will play the Friday night recital and Jean-Claude Zehnder will continue his lectures on Bach and his musical sources on Sunday morning. Apparently, Ariadne Musica is a precursor to the WTC, and this recital will anticipate the full presentation of the Well-Tempered Clavier on clavichords during parts 3 and 4 of our Bach Festival in autumn 2011 and in spring 2012.

The autumn event will take place from 21 to 23 October in Berlin with Jaroslav Tůma as clavichordist and Peter Wollny (Bacharchiv Leipzig) as lecturer, accompanied by a guided tour through the collection of early keyboard instruments in the "Musikinstrumentenmuseum Berlin". The final part 4 of the festival then is planned for May 2012 in Thuringia as a 4 days event including an excursion (with recital) to a recently restored organ built in 1740 by Christian Ernst Friederici (1709–1780).

Details are shown on the DCS homepage http://www.clavichord.info. The collection of early keyboard instruments in Bad Krozingen Castle and their history can be seen at http://www.schlosskonzerte-badkrozingen.de/die_sammlung.
An overview of the weekend 20 - 22 May in Bad Krozingen has been added to the "Files" section.

Best wishes
Thomas Bregenzer