Martin Luther renewed not only the Christian faith: His influence on the music is also legendary. After all the reformer saw in „Mrs. Musica“ a divine art, which is “repugnant to the devils” This year’s Bach Festival in Leipzig will take this into account – and address the connections between the musician and the clergyman.
Music and Reformation: The Leipzig Bach Festival also does not get around the impact of Martin Luther. The reformer had a great significance on the church music in Central Germany explained Bach Festival dramaturge Michael Maul in Leipzig on Wednesday (7th June 2017). At the same time, nobody has set Martin Luther’s Bible translation “so lastingly in music” as the Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Bach was for 27 years Thomas cantor (musical director of the Thomanerchor) in Leipzig. This year's Bach Festival in his honour starts on Friday.
120 concerts and lectures at 34 venues
With the motto „A beautiful new song – Music and Reformation“, the program includes 120 concerts and lectures at 25 venues until the 18th of June, according to the Bach Archive. The main venues are the St. Thomas and the St. Nicholas Churches and the Leipzig Gewandhaus (concert hall). Several music ensembles from Leipzig participate in the concerts, including the famous Thomanerchor, the Gewandhaus orchestra and the MDR (Central German TV and Radio) Symphony Orchestra. There will also be events in Eisleben and Naumburg.
Around 17 000 tickets have been sold to this day, declared the Director of the Bach Archive, Alexander Steinhilber. This corresponds to a capacity utilisation of about two thirds. Around one third of the tickets have been sold abroad, as in the previous years. The largest buyer are again the United States with 1300 tickets, followed by the Netherlands with around 700 tickets.