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Bach Consort Wien

2022-08-26 19:30:00

Stadtpfarrkirche St. Jakob, Villach

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Bach Consort Wien

2022-08-26 19:30:00
Stadtpfarrkirche St. Jakob, Villach
Ricercar at the behest of the King: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering and the Cosmic Order.
Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor
Irene Dubrovsky, Video
Johann Sebastian Bach: A Musical Offering BWV 1079

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On the 7th of May 1747, Johann Sebastian Bach visited King Frederick II in Potsdam City Palace. Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emmanuel was court musician to the Prussian king, who was eager to meet the famous contrapuntist from Leipzig, who at the time was 62 years old. The king played the flute himself, and concerts of his court music were held every evening. Frederick had his new collection of excellent pianos shown to Bach, whereupon he requested him to fantasise upon a theme that had apparently been worked out previously by his court musicians. Bach then improvised such a masterly three-part fugue that, not only dazzled Se. Majest. Dero allergnädigstes Wohlgefallen (His Most Gracious Pleasure), but also astonished all those present. In a stunning display of royal excess, Friedrich then asked Bach to play a six-part fugue as well. Bach gave up, but promised to work out the theme in variations at home and have it engraved in copper. In the months following his visit, Bach fulfilled his wish and composed one of the highlights of his late work: the Musical Offering on the Royal Theme. The core of the variational work is formed by two large contrapuntal movements, which Bach entitled Ricercar, an acrostic for Regis Iussu Cantio Et Reliqua Canonica Arte Resoluta (At the behest of the king, the melody and the rest fulfilled by canonical art). Bach once again fulfils canonic art with the greatest finesse. The Bach Consort Vienna unfolds all its facets in this meditatively concentrated concert. The visual artist Irene Dubrovsky shows reflections on cosmic order through various video productions.
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