Baroque Music and Town History
The 15th International Fasch Festival will take place in Zerbst/Anhalt (Germany) from 11 to 14 April 2019. The focal point will be "Music in Anhalt-Zerbst".
The important Baroque composer Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758) came to Zerbst in 1722 and was active as Kapellmeister at the Zerbst court for 36 years. He composed festive orchestral and chamber music as well as many church cantatas and masses. They were performed by the court Kapelle at the palace, including on the occasion of princely anniversaries and during worship services. Fasch also wrote special cantatas and serenatas on the occasion of the wedding and birthdays of Catherine the Great.
The town of Zerbst/Anhalt continues to honour Fasch’s contributions as a composer and aims to keep his oeuvre alive. Collaborating with the International Fasch Society, which was founded in 1991, the town of Zerbst/Anhalt also promotes the life and works of Fasch’s Zerbst-born son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736–1800). He made a name for himself in music history as the founder of the Sing-Akademie in Berlin.
The town of Zerbst/Anhalt is over 1000 years old, and during the Reformation it was of great significance. Sophie Auguste Friederike, a Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst, wrote world history as the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Visitors of Zerbst can follow in her footsteps as well as those of Martin Luther. Ancient walls, beautiful landscapes between the river Elbe and the Fläming Heath, as well as cultural events make Zerbst worth a visit.