Bach at Leipzig
It is 1722, Germany – the age of the Enlightenment! The master organist of the Thomaskirche has just died and auditions are being held for his replacement. Seven vastly different musicians are invited to apply for the prestigious (and lucrative!) post and they all converge on Leipzig in a state of consternation. Deviousness, and clashing ideologies collide, creating farcical complications in this witty romp through the nature of music, ambition, religion, and art, with implications beyond the secluded world of this particular event in the 18th century. In an age where musicians depend on patronage from the nobility or the church to pursue their craft, the post at a prominent church in a cultured city is a near guarantee of fame and fortune -which is why some of the candidates are willing to resort to any lengths to secure it! BACH AT LEIPZIG is a fugue-like farcical web of bribery, blackmail, and betrayal set against the backdrop of questions about humanity, God, and art.
Performance Dates & Times
AUDITION DATES: TBA
Although the characters are all males and will be played as such, non-traditional and non-gender-specific casting will be used by the director of this production.
JOHANN FRIEDRICH FASCH (50's) - organist and Kapellmeister at Zerbst.
GEORG BALTHASAR SCHOTT (50's) - organist at the Neuekirche in Leipzig.
GEORG LENCK (30's) - organist and Kantor at Laucha.
JOHANN MARTIN STEINDORFF (20's) - organist and Kantor at Zwickau.
GEORG FRIEDRICH KAUFMANN (50's) - organist and Kantor at Merseburg.
GEORG FRIEDRICH GRAUPNER (50's) - organist and Kapellmeister at Dramstadt.
THE GREATEST ORGANIST IN GERMANY - organist and Kantor at Hamburg (silent role).