Gottfried Zimmermann’s Coffee House – a key institution in early 18th Century Leipzig – played a major role in Bach’s life. Here he composed for and directed Friday evening concerts with his Collegium Musicum in an informal, caffeine-stimulated atmosphere of artistic adventure and intellectual enquiry. It was a rich café culture where music, ideas and debate went together.
In this major event we explore Bach’s Leipzig through some of the music he composed for and performed at Zimmermann’s and at St Thomas’s Church.
His significance as a cultural figure then and now is debated by John Butt, one of the world’s leading Bach experts and distinguished historian Nicholas Phillipson.
To accompany your coffee the Lammermuir Festival has commissioned East Lothian’s own German Master Cake Maker, Falko, to recreate some typical Leipzig cakes of the period. A fascinating new slant on great music and the culture that produced it.