Considering the sheer amount of music JS Bach produced in his lifetime, it’s easy to imagine his work being fuelled by a strong coffee. In fact, coffee was indeed one of Bach’s great pleasures, and the coffee houses of eighteenth-century Leipzig featured prominently in its cultural life, as a place where music and ideas were freely exchanged by artists and intellectuals. In this unique event, we reimagine the special atmosphere of the Enlightenment coffee house, performing works by Bach and some of his famous and forgotten contemporaries. As part of the event, renowned Bach expert John Butt and Tom Jones from the University of St Andrews will lead a discussion on the Enlightenment and its place in contemporary culture. Come along and take all of this in, coffee-in-hand!
Graupner – Bassoon Concerto
JC Bach – Meine Freundin du bist Schön
Muffatt – Passacaglia in G Major from the 5th Sonata Armonico Tributo
Muffat – Armonico Tributo Sonata No.2 in G minor
JS Bach – Wedding Cantata, Weichet Nur BWV202