LBS 18-30 Bach Club
7.45pm at Gresham Centre, Gresham Street, London EC2 (5 mins from St Paul’s tube)
Tickets FREE for 18-30s, £10 others. Wine or Juice provided. Doors open at 7.15pm. Advance bookings accepted. Call 01883 717372
- Sculpture by Prof. Bernd Göbel, Arnstadt 1985
The Young Bach
No, your eyes are not deceiving you! This is a sculpture of Bach as a young man by Bernd Göbel. It sits in the market square in Arnstadt where the composer was organist from 1703-1707 aged 18-22. Believe it or not Bach was once a young, vigorous, impetuous, even arrogant young musician, eager to study, to learn and to make his mark in the musical world, networking when he could to capitalise on his growing local reputation and enhance his CV. This is a far cry from the bewigged, sober-looking elder statesman in the Haussmann portraits of the 1740s, which we know so well isn’t it?
In his youth Bach defied his bosses, extended his stay (unauthorised) at Lübeck in 1705 in order to soak up the lively atmosphere there and learn from his musical mentors. Later Bach even resorted to fisticuffs in a squabble with a bassoonist! Yes, he was real flesh and blood.
At the age of just 22 at Mühlhausen, where he was organist from 1707-1708, Bach produced the deeply moving cantata “Aus der Tiefe” (Out of the deep I call to Thee) BWV 131 which we proudly present at our February Bach Club. It was composed to commission.
Packaged with some equally delicious chamber music, the Bach Club’s invited singers and players are all at the beginning of their careers too, perfecting their art, busy networking, enhancing their CVs. They follow in Bach’s footsteps and his Leipzig Collegium of the 1730s to enlighten, entertain and enthuse an equally young audience…come and join us…the social bit is pretty good too. All are welcome.
Programme – the names of all the performers will follow plus a little info about old Reincken, who lived to be 100
The Young Bach
Reincken/Bach – Trio Sonata in A minor from Hortus Musicus & Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor BWV 965
Joh. Seb. Bach – Sonata for violin and continuo in E minor BWV 1023
Joh. Seb. Bach – Cantata “Aus der Tiefe,” BWV 131 (1707)