European Music Trails 2022–2024:

Bach – The Art of Movement

In the summer of 2022, the European Music Trails plan to start their second instalment with a focus on Leipzig’s famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and the historic movement of ideas and media in terms of, e.g., books and sheet music. While musicians in later centuries travelled quite a lot through Europe to play concerts and acquire new audiences, Bach mainly stayed put, but like his fellow musicians of the 18th century, such as Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, François Couperin, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, he was strongly influenced by other European composers (in particular Antonio Vivaldi) and what was popular in Europe at the time. During Bach’s creative period, dance and dance music from France played an important part at the noble courts all over Europe and strongly influenced his work. The project aims to investigate the influences of international composers on Bach’s work as well as his influence on international composers that came after him and how their ideas spread through the continent.

On the basis of this historical background, partner institutions from three countries will create a number of activities that focus on audience development as well as transnational mobility and connect Bach’s baroque time to our present and to modern forms of music and movement. The partners are:

Notenspur Leipzig e.V., Leipzig/Germany:

Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena, Modena/Italy:

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Lyon/France:

More information on this project will follow in due time.