"Entlich hatte ich gar die Verwegenheit, ..." (Finally I dared to ...)

This is how Fasch described his interest in, and focus on writing music that was in vogue during his lifetime.

The International Fasch Society Zerbst was founded in 1991. Its goals are twofold: 1) to research the lives of the Anhalt-Zerbst Kapellmeister Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) and of his son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736-1800), who was born in Zerbst and made a name for himself in music history by founding the Singakademie zu Berlin; 2) to popularize their neglected works by commissioning performing editions and organizing music festivals. The International Fasch Society contributes much to emphasize the importance of Central German Baroque Music in an international context. The "Freundeskreis J. F. Fasch" and later the "Arbeitskreis Johann Friedrich Fasch" in Zerbst and the Musicological Institute at the Kloster Michaelstein (Blankenburg/Harz) already promoted Fasch during the 1980s; the first Fasch Festival took place in 1983.


  • 19 February 2018: Please note that the telephone line and voice mail service in our headquarters are out of order at this time. Please contact us via e-mail. Thank you!
  • 53rd Zerbst Cultural Days are taking place from 16 February to 18 March 2018 - check them out!
  • The last meeting of the IFS Executive Board took place on 30 January 2018, 6:30 pm, meeting room, Rathaus Zerbst.
  • Our traditional Christmas concert took place on 10 December 2017 at the Stadthalle Zerbst, featuring the "J.F. Reichardt" Chorus of the University of Halle-Wittenberg.
  • The latest issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana, appeared in August 2017. We hope you will enjoy it!
  • We are very sorry to hear about the passing of 2015 Fasch Prize recipient Ludger Rémy on 21 June 2017. He will be sorely missed. An obituary is included in the the 2017 issue of Faschiana (see above).
  • The 14th International Fasch Festival took place in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany, from 20-23 April 2017. The overall motto was be "From Luther to Fasch". The 2017 Fasch Prize was awarded to Prof. Dr. Manfred Fechner (Jena), who has shaped Fasch scholarship like none other. For more information regarding the festival programme, concerts, ensembles, etc., click on the "Fasch Festival" link above.To download a copy of the schedule of the international scholarly conference (21 to 22 April 2017, "Fasch and the Confessional Landscape of his Day", in German), click here. A detailed account is included in the 2017 issue of Faschiana (see above).
  • The 2015 Conference Report (Fasch Studies vol. 13) appeared in spring 2016 (ortus-Musikverlag). The volume is entitled: "Zerbst during Fasch's tenure [as Kapellmeister] - an Anhalt Court of the Muses". It contains 16 articles; 3 are in English, and all articles contain abstracts in German or English. The final article (on Fasch's printed biographies from 1732 and 1757) is a "bonus". You can access the Table of Contents here. See also Brian Clark's review of the volume in the 2016 issue of Faschiana.

  • Faschiana
    The 2017 issue of our newsletter - 14 pages in all! - appeared on 08 August. Enjoy!