After 33 years of leading the German chamber group Musica Antiqua Köln 1972 - 2005, Reinhard Goebel stopped playing the violin and concentrated on teaching Performance Practice at the Salzburg Mozarteum as well as helping modern orchestras to get to know and to apply some « secrets » of 18th century music making. Called « the method of playing » these rules were discussed and fixed mostly in treatises - and hardly ever represented in fully designed orchestra parts. Finding these bits of knowledge is intense archeological work. Certainly most of these are in the parts for J.S. Bach´s 220 cantatas.
The Brandenburg Concertos do not offer much of this written down « method of playing » - but similar to the Musical Offering of 1747 they address a member of the Hohenzollern family and are related to the public image of the person the cycle is dedicated to.
Mr. Goebel will talk about the beauties and the problems of the cycle and will let us have a new look into the original score - one of the treasures of the Berlin Staatsbibliothek.
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