Sebastian in Thüringer Wald: Young Bach at the Wellspring of Genius

Sebastian in Thüringer Wald: Young Bach at the Wellspring of Genius

A rare opportunity to hear Bach in an entirely adventurous and new context, played on historic instruments.
 Followed by a buffet of Black Forest Cake & German Confections.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born into a musical family in the heavily forested and rural landscape of Thüringer Wald. A sacred heartland of Germany, the woodlands of Thuringia reached the small towns and villages of Sebastian’s youth; Eisenach, Ohrdruf and Mühlhausen. To the Thuringians, the forest wilderness retained a powerful aura and its sylvan myths served as inspiration to German poets for centuries to come. It was also the heart of Lutheranism where churches roared with hymns and church bells rang to ward off threats emanating from the forest or the devil. In this isolated cultural world, Bach received his earliest and most significant musical and spiritual influences. Under the guidance of his elders, Sebastian’s prodigious talent began to flourish and his musical sensibilities developed as he discovered composers such as Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Reincken on a remarkable musical journey.

The Artists:

Heather Johnson, Mezzo Soprano, Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, Baroque Violin Mark Kramer, Viola da gamba Leon Schelhase, Harpsichord & Organ, Peter Kupfer, Baroque Viola Hideki Yamaya, Theorbo The Emanuel Ringers, Bells.


Johann Adam Reincken, Sonata in A Minor

Johann Pachelbel, Partita 5 in C Major

Dieterich Buxtehude, Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab

Johann Christoph Bach, Ciaconna: Meine Freundin du bist schön

Johann Sebastian Bach, Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother

& Cantata BWV 53, Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde

Event Location and Ticket Information

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The Historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, New York 10514
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Times: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presenter: Ars Antiqua
Presenter Phone: 914-238-8015
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