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Bach at Leipzig

A Play

Itamar Moses; With a preface by Tom Stoppard

Faber & Faber

Leipzig, Germany, 1722: Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. In an age where musicians depend on patronage from the nobility or the church to pursue their craft, the post at Thomaskirche in the cultured city of Leipzig is a near guarantee of fame and fortune. In order to fill the position, the city council invites a small number of musicians to audition for the seat, including Johann Sebastian Bach.
 
Based on actual persons and events, Bach at Leipzig imagines how six little-known musicians resort to bribery, blackmail, and betrayal in an attempt to secure the most coveted musical post in all of Europe. "An irresistible comic mix of high wit, low ribaldry and rich characterization" (Neil Novelli, The [Syracuse] Post-Standard), the play explores the depths to which some will sink to pursue their calling in a subtly crafted farce that simultaneously confronts profound questions about humanity, God, and art.

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Bach at Leipzig
Act OneCast of CharactersJOHANN FRIEDRICH FASCH, organist, and Kapellmeister at Zerbst, fifties.GEORG BALTHASAR SCHOTT, organist at the Neuekirche in Leipzig, fifties.GEORG LENCK, organist, and Kantor at Laucha, late thirties.JOHANN MARTIN STEINDORFF, organist, and Kantor at Zwickau, twenties.GEORG FRIEDRICH KAUFMANN, organist, and Kantor at Merseburg, fifties.JOHANN CHRISTOPH GRAUPNER, organist, and Kapellmeister at Darmstadt, fifties.THE GREATEST ORGANIST IN GERMANY, organist, and Kantor at Hamburg. 
SETTING: The Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany, 1722. Later, 1750. 
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“An artistic and cerebral triumph . . . for Moses and contemporary theater as a whole.” —Lacey Sadoff, Marquette Tribune

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  • Itamar Moses; With a preface by Tom Stoppard

  • Itamar Moses is the author of several plays, including Outrage, Celebrity Row, and The Four of Us.

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Itamar Moses; With a preface by Tom Stoppard

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