LBS New Work, Commissions and First Performances

LBS Composer Folio Our composition folio was re-opened in 2011 under the auspices of the Society’s 18-30 Bach Club, as a development of their performing activities and to reflect Bach’s influence among today’s composers. Launched in 2009, the Club is inspired by Bach’s tenure as Director of Music of the Leipzig Collegium Musicum, the students’ musical society founded in 1702 by his contemporary and friend Georg-Philipp Telemann. Here new works were premièred at the weekly meetings held at Zimmermann’s Coffee House in Leipzig’s  fashionable Katharinenstrasse including Bach’s famous and much-loved Coffee Cantata.

The commissioning and first performances of new music is an important chapter in the LBS story. Our folio of new works (see above) contains a wide range of innovatory compositions. These have been delivered by an eclectic group of creators reflecting the rich and diverse composer community. Working with today’s composers and listening to their music  provides a refreshing counterpoise to the study and performance of Bach, whose creations are often their inspiration. This fusion of interests widens horizons, from which emerges a greater understanding and appreciation of human creativity and the fertile mind.


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