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.

  • We wish all our "Fasch friends" a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2019. Our 2018 Season's Greetings (in German) can be found here. Our headquarters in Zerbst are closed until 9 January 2019.
  • 5 December 2018: 260 years ago today, Johann Friedrich Fasch died, having served as the court Kapellmeister of Anhalt-Zerbst since 1722.

  • The new issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana (vol. 22, Fall 2018) is available in English translation - we hope you enjoy it!
  • It's official: 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!
  • The last meeting of the IFS Executive Board took place on 7 November 2018.
  • Our last annual general meeting took take place on 19 October 2018, at Hotel "Von Rephuns Garten", Zerbst, followed by a "Fasch-Geselligkeit" event that focused on the motto "Song and Wine".

  • Save the date: the 15th International Fasch Festival is scheduled to take place on 11-14 April 2019 in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.The overall motto is "Music in Anhalt-Zerbst". More information (in German) on the festival (concerts, etc.) is available here. Details regarding the closing concert on 14 April 2019 (courtesy of the conductor, University Music Director Jens Lorenz, in German) can be found here.

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