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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.

  • 29 July 2019: The latest issue of our newsletter Faschiana (Summer 2019) has arrived - happy reading!
  • On Saturday, 29 June 2019, the Freundes- und Förderkreis der Bach-Gedenkstätte im Schloss Köthen (Anhalt) e.V. visited the town of Zerbst/Anhalt, where the Anhalt-Zerbst Kapellmeister J. F. Fasch was active from 1722 to 1758. Their itinerary included a guided tour of the Zerbst Palace.The upcoming issue of Faschiana will, of course, tell you all about it!
  • The 15th International Fasch Festival took place on 11-14 April 2019 in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.The overall motto is "Music in Anhalt-Zerbst". A detailed review of the Festival is included in the most recent issue of our annual newsletter Faschiana (summer 2019, see above).

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