The International Fasch Festival is a member of

Musikfeste Sachsen-Anhalt

"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.

  • Our Exhibit "Music at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst" can be viewed inside the Zerbst Palace since 4 May. We look forward to your visit! The opening times of the palace can be found here.
  • On 14 April 2019 the last Annual General Meeting of the IFG took place in Zerbst/Anhalt. The following individuals were elected to serve from 2019 to 2023 on the Executive Board: Bert Siegmund (president); Jens Lorenz and Antje Deicke (vice-presidents); Christiane Müller (treasurer); Sabine Fahle (secretary); Dr. Jens Arndt, Heiner Donath, Prof. Dr. Barbara M. Reul and Dr. Maik Richter (members-at-large). We thank them for their volunteer work in advance and would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Karin Crain, Karin Spott and Stephan Blaut, who retired from the board after many years of service.
  • The 15th International Fasch Festival took place on 11-14 April 2019 in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.The overall motto is "Music in Anhalt-Zerbst". For more information (in German) on the festival (conference schedule, etc.) click on the link "Fasch Festival" above.
  • The most recent issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana (vol. 22, Fall 2018) is available in English translation - we hope you enjoy it!
  • Volume 14 of our Fasch Studies series, "Fasch und die Konfessionen" ("Fasch and the Confessional Landscape of His Day" (432 pp.), can be ordered from Ortus-Musikverlag. Happy reading!

  • Faschiana
    The English version of our 2018 Faschiana newsletter appeared on 10 October - we hope you enjoy it!