Johann Sebastian Bach – the man behind the music

Informative, interesting and amusing anecdotes from the life of J. S. Bach (Streaming in German with English summaries)

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Johann Sebastian Bach – the man behind the music

Informative, interesting and amusing anecdotes from the life of J. S. Bach (Streaming in German with English summaries)


6:45 P.M.

Welcome address and introductory remarks

7:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Michael Maul, Stefan Haupt and Rudolf Lutz in conversation about the life of J. S. Bach


Concert location

Stein (AR) // Evangelische Kirche


BWV 183 «Sie werden euch in den Bann tun»

1. Rezitativ ‒ Bass
«Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, es kömmt aber die Zeit, daß, wer euch tötet, wird meinen, er tue Gott einen Dienst daran.»

2. Arie ‒ Tenor
Ich fürchte nicht des Todes Schrecken,
ich scheue ganz kein Ungemach.
Denn Jesus’ Schutzarm wird mich decken,
ich folge gern und willig nach;
wollt ihr nicht meines Lebens schonen
und glaubt, Gott einen Dienst zu tun,
er soll euch selben noch belohnen,
wohlan, es mag dabei beruhn.

3. Rezitativ ‒ Alt
Ich bin bereit, mein Blut und armes Leben
vor dich, mein Heiland, hinzugeben,
mein ganzer Mensch soll dir gewidmet sein;
ich tröste mich, dein Geist wird bei mir stehen,
gesetzt, es sollte mir vielleicht zu viel geschehen.

4. Arie ‒ Sopran
Höchster Tröster, Heilger Geist,
der du mir die Wege weist,
darauf ich wandeln soll,
hilf meine Schwachheit mit vertreten,
denn von mir selber kann ich nicht beten,
ich weiß, du sorgest vor mein Wohl!

5. Choral
Du bist ein Geist, der lehret,
wie man recht beten soll;
dein Beten wird erhöret,
dein Singen klinget wohl.
Es steigt zum Himmel an,
es steigt und läßt nicht abe,
bis der geholfen habe,
der allein helfen kann.

Michael Maul

Michael Maul, born in 1978 in Leipzig, is Senior Scholar in the research department of the Leipzig Bach Archive. He was conferred a doctoral degree in 2006 for his award-winning dissertation on Baroque opera in Leipzig from 1693 to 1720, and in 2013, he received his postdoctoral qualification (habilitation) for his monograph on the history of Leipzig’s St Thomas School; the work was awarded the international humanities prize of the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. Since 2015, Michael Maul has been head of programming and, since May 2018, intendant of the Leipzig Bachfest. In his work, he is committed to making current research in musicology accessible to a broad audience through discussion events and radio programmes.

Stefan Haupt

Born in Zurich in 1961, Stefan Haupt has worked as a film director since 1989. In his earlier career, he was active as a musician and directed the Zurich choir “Chor Lunis” for five years. His feature film debut, “Utopia Blues”, won the 2001 Swiss Film Prize, and his 2003 film “Elisabeth Kübler-Ross” is widely considered one of the most successful Swiss documentaries. Other notable achievements include “Der Kreis” (The circle, 2014), which received multiple awards at the Berlinale and was awarded the 2015 Swiss Film Prize for “best screenplay” and for “best film”. His period film “Zwingli” was the most successful Swiss film of 2019 at box offices in Switzerland. In November 2020, his new film “Zürcher Tagebuch” (Zurich diary) will open in Swiss cinemas. He is currently working on a project entitled “B A C H – Dass meine Augen sehen Dich” (B A C H – That my eyes may see you), a film exploring the last eighteen months in the life of J. S. Bach.

Rudolf Lutz

Rudolf Lutz is not only a highly-regarded pedagogue who is able to explain complex compositional concepts in an accessible way, but also one of the world’s most renowned improvisors.

Other streaming events

  • 20 November 2020, 18.45 – CD launch, Christmas Oratorio, with special guest Meinrad Walter
  • 18 December 2020, 18.45 – Christmas songs with the vocal quartet of the J. S. Bach Foundation

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