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The art of improvisation was highly valued at the time JS Bach embarked on his prodigious career. The 18th-century German musician was himself a master not only of composition but also of this creative form. BACHCELONA pays homage to the work and spirit of the Baroque virtuoso this month, with the first Barcelona music festival dedicated to his brilliance, celebrated through an array of activities and concerts. There will be chamber music and instrumental performances of Bach’s compositions, as well as song and dance productions. Adding some vital historical context to Bach’s music, musician and historian Joan Vives will give a talk explaining Bach’s experience when he arrived in Leipzig in 1723, which will serve as a prelude to the cantata BWV 105, to be performed at Santa Maria del Mar.
The festival will take place in beautiful historical venues across the city, including the Cathedral, the Palau de la Música, Plaça del Rei and the Monestir de Sant Pau del Camp. The festival closes on July 28th, marking the annual commemoration of Bach’s death. Tickets for the Bach de Cambra and the Bach a Capella cost €10 and €12 respectively, but there will be plenty of free events included in the programme.The JZBach event, featuring an eclectic trio of piano, saxophone and trumpet, will set you back €22.
BACHCELONA is organised by Bach Zum Mitsigen, a vibrant Bach community established in Barcelona that strives to bring Bach out of the somewhat stuffy setting of the concert hall and instead focus on the participatory, the interpretative, the living experience of Bach.
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