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'Bach And His Rivals: The Leipzig Audition'

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until June 30, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / Bach Collegium
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $25

Ah, the exciting 300-year-old drama of Leipzig's music scene in 1722. In the final event of Bach Collegium San Diego's 2021 season, they'll explore the works of Telemann, Graupner and Bach from the year they were each positioning for the role of Thomaskantor — music director of the famed St. Thomas church and basically the central music figure in the city, reporting to the city council and performing at all civic events. Sorry to bring the spoilers, but Bach ultimately got the gig. Bach Collegium picked three baroque works for a small ensemble, one by each "auditionee" as the group refers to the three composers. Graupner's "Reiner Geist, Lass Doch Mein Herz," Telemann's "Du Aber, Daniel, Gehe Hin (Trauermusik)," — which is gloomy and a bit funereal — and Bach's "Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott Läßt Walten." This is a recorded concert with a release date of Saturday evening, but it will be available to stream through June 30.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

Release date change: Sunday, May 16 at 5 p.m.

Event details:
Bach And His Rivals: The Leipzig Audition
Reiner Geist, Lass Doch Mein Herz
GWV 1138/11
Christoph Graupner

DU ABER, DANIEL, GEHE HIN (TRAUERMUSIK)
TWV 4: 17
Georg Philipp Telemann

WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT LÄSST WALTE
BWV 93
J.S. Bach

AND OTHER WORKS

1722 was an eventful year in the life of Leipzig and in the careers of Telemann, Graupner, and J.S. Bach–a pivotal year when Leipzig looked to fill the post of Thomaskantor, left vacant following Johann Kuhnau’s death. This program highlights three brilliant compositions, one from each auditionee, knowing full well that Leipzig’s third pick would forever change the face of music.

Talk: Michael Maul (PhD), Bach-Archiv/BachFest, Leipzig

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