On Thursday June 6th the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments is hosting a concert evening exploring and celebrating the Thomasschule school orchestra under the leadership of the first Gewandhaus Orchestra Kapellmeister and 20th Thomaskantor Adam Hiller.
In the later part of the 18th century the Thomasschule Orchestra comprised some 23-28 musicians with 18 singers and rehearsed under Hiller three times a week.
So much was known.
However through the destruction of the second world war little more was known.
Research by Dr. Andreas Glöckner from the Bach Archiv Leipzig, and for all his discovery of previously believed lost scores, has recently allowed a more complete picture of the orchestra and its repertoire to be completed.
Under the title “Musikalische Schätze im Notenarchiv der alten Thomasschule” the baroque music ensemble Leipziger Concert will present a selection of works that would have belonged to that repertoire.
The evening features works by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Host Andreas Glöckner will not only introduce the pieces but also explain in more detail the story of the orchestra and for all the life and work of Adam Hiller.
Musikalische Schätze im Notenarchiv der alten Thomasschule takes places in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Zimeliensaal on Thursday June 6th 2013. Start is 7.30 pm and tickets cost Euro 12 (Concessions Euo 9,00 & Euro 6,00)
Full details can be found at http://mfm.uni-leipzig.de