Johann Friedrich Fasch

Biography

Born: April 15, 1688   Died: December 5, 1758; Zerbst  
Although he was just three years younger than J.S. Bach, Johann Friedrich Fasch was a leader in making the transition from late Baroque to early Classical in Germany.

Fasch's family was traditionally associated with the Lutheran church, either as theologians or as Kantors. He was a boy soprano in the towns of Suhl and Weissenfels. The composer J.P. Kuhnau heard him sing and convinced him to attend the Thomasschule in Leipzig from the age
Read more of 13. He became friends with another student, the 20-year-old Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767). While Fasch was attending the university (like Telemann, he was a law student) he founded a collegium musicum, as Telemann had, taking care that it would remain a permanent organization after he left. It survived until 1756, and counted J.S. Bach as one of its leaders during its lifetime. It took a position in Leipzig's musical life nearly as important as that of the Thomasschule itself.

As director of the collegium musicum he had occasion to study a wide variety of music. The local ruler of his hometown, the Duke of Saxe-Zeitz, hired him to write a pair of operas (which are lost) for festivals held in 1711 and 1712. Fasch now began to travel widely for purposes of rounding out his education. He arrived in Darmstadt in 1713 and studied composition with Graupner and Grünewald. He took a series of jobs: violinist in the court orchestra of Bayreuth (1714), municipal secretary of Gera (1715 - 1719), organist and municipal secretary in Greiz (1719 - 1721), and Kapellmeister to Count Morzin in the Bohemian town of Lukavec. He organized an orchestra there that Vivaldi had occasion to hear and proclaim excellent. He took up the post of Kapellmeister at the court of Zerbst, 40 miles north of Leipzig, in 1721, and remained there for the rest of his life.

His work, besides organizing musical activities in the church and the court, was primarily writing cantatas for the church and festive music for the count. His fame and his music spread throughout Germany. This was partly because of the network of correspondence he enjoyed with other composers, such as Telemann, J.G. Pisendel, his own son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, and C.P.E. Bach. Fasch wrote 12 complete cantata cycles, 16 or more masses, four operas, over 90 overtures, and large quantities of symphonies, concertos, and sonatas. None of Fasch's music was published during his lifetime, and a large percentage of the sacred music is lost, but most of the instrumental music survives.

In 1900 music historian Hugo Reimann recognized that Fasch had transformed the three-movement form of the Italian Baroque concerto by boldly inserting contrasting musical material, often assigning the new theme to winds, laying the stage for the Classical form of dual thematic material. In addition, he used the wind section of the orchestra, not as soloists in a separate "concertante" group, but as components of the orchestra that might help mark a formal contrast by a shift in tone color or texture of the music. He also had a tendency to replace fugal episodes with freer developmental sections. In all this he markedly anticipated the Classical forms that before his death would begin to flourish in the music of Mozart and others. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mitteldeutsche Barockkantaten 2
    Label: Amati   Catalog: 2603 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Performer:  Matthias Vieweg,  Steve Wächter,  Michael Zabanoff,  Heidi Maria Taubert
    Conductor:  Michael Scholl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Potsdam Chamber Academy,  Biederitzer Kantorei Chamber Chorus
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    Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture Symphonies
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 7779522 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Conductor:  Ludger Rémy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
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    J.f. Fasch: Quartets; Concertos
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 467 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Performer:  Peter Whelan,  Pamela Thorby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Marsyas
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    Wie Schon Leucht' Uns Der Morgenstern: Chorale Zur Weihnachtszeit
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300565 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Kircheis,  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trompetenensemble Mathias Schmutzler,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Blechbläserensemble Ludwig Güttler
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    Bach, Albinoni, Fasch: Suites, Concertos, Overtures
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Performer:  Dirk Vandaele,  Paul Dombrecht
    Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
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    Gloria Dresdensis
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777782 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppi Antonio Brescian,  Johann Georg Pisendel,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
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    The Proud Bassoon: Virtuoso Works For Baroque Bassoon And Continuo
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 435 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Matthew Dubourg,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Whelan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Marsyas
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    Fasch: Overtures & Concerto In D, Sonatas For Oboes & Bassoon
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94673 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Kurt Sandau,  Andreas Lorenz,  Wolfgang Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    New Colours Of Piccolo Trumpet  / Markus Stockhausen
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 150732 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Markus Stockhausen,  Bernhard Krol,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Stockhausen
    Conductor:  Christoph Poppen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detmold Chamber Orchestra
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    The First Queen Of Trumpet And Her Best Recordings
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233701 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Dawn Reinhart,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann,  Marinus Voorberg,  Marc Andreae
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Germany / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1995 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  J. C. F. Bach,  Johann Gottlieb Graun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    Telemann, Handel, Fasch
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381366 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Susanne Regel,  Mélanie Flahaut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble L'Ornamento
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    Musica Da Camera: Music From Eighteenth Century Prague
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4112 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frantisek Jiranek,  Antonin Reichenauer,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Jana Semerádová
    Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
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    Out Of The Forest
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3210 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Carl Heinrich Graun,  Johann Georg Röllig  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Heim,  Michael Tunnell,  Matthew Karr,  Jack Ashworth  ... 
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    Music For Food Lovers: Gourmet Classics
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Manlio Rocchi,  Konrad Ragossnig,  Hans Gösser,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Alberico Vitalini,  Paul Angerer,  Henry Adolph  ... 
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    Johann Friedrich Fasch: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Conductor:  Gwyn Roberts
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare,  Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
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    Fasch: Orchestral Suites / Pal Nemeth, Capella Savaria
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8029 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Conductor:  Pál Németh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
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    Fasch: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Tempesta Di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 783 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare,  Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
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    Fasch: Concertos For Various Instrument / Il Gardellino
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24252 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Gardellino
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    Fasch, Graupner: Bassoon Concertos / Tognon, Nemeth
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8021 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Christoph Graupner
    Performer:  Paolo Tognon
    Conductor:  Pál Németh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
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    Fasch: Overtures & Concerti / Linde, Friedrich, De Rudder, Parkanyi, Lencses, Cappella Coloniensis
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5073 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Performer:  Zoltán Varga,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Alain de Rudder,  Lehel Ronai  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis,  Budapest Strings
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    Das Corno Da Caccia In Der Jagdmusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300213 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann David Heinichen,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Hartmut Schergaut,  Roland Rudolph,  Erich Markwart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Das Corno Da Caccia In Sachsen / Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300212 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Beer,  Johann Georg Röllig,  Jan Krtitel Jiri Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Andreas Lorenz,  Kurt Sandau,  Wolfgang Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
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    Fasch, Graupner, Graun: Concertos, Arias, Sonatas / Collegium Pro Musica
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8015 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Gottlieb Graun,  Christoph Graupner
    Performer:  Stefano Bagliano,  Susanne Kelling,  Fabrizio Cipriani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
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Johann Friedrich Fasch


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I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
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III. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet, 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Major: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro (moderato)
Gloria: Et in terra pax
Gloria: Laudamus te
Gloria: Gratias
Gloria: Domine Deus
Gloria: Quoniam
Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu
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II. Air
III. Bourree
IV. Menuet I-II
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VI. Passepied I-II
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IV. Air II
V. Menuett I - Menuett II
VI. Air III
VII. Passepied I - Passepied II
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II. Air I
III. Gavotte
IV. Air II
V. Jardiniers
VI. Menuet I - alternativement - Menuet II
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Un poco allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
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III. Largo
IV. Allegro
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III. Largo
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V. Allegro
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IV. Passepied and Trio
I. Un poco allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. [Allegro]
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Largo - Un poco allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
I. [Allegro]
II. Andante
III. Un poco allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet, 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Major: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro (moderato)
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. [Allegro]
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. [Allegro]
II. Air: Andante
III. Air: Un poco Allegro
Gloria: Et in terra pax
Gloria: Laudamus te
Gloria: Gratias
Gloria: Domine Deus
Gloria: Quoniam
Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu
I. Overture
II. Air
III. Gavotte
IV. Aria: Largo
V. Fuga
VI. Menuet
VII. Rejouissance
VIII. Menuet
I. Overture
II. Aria: Andante
III. Jardiniers
IV. Aria: Andante
V. Bouree
VI. Menuet I - Menuet II - Menuet I
I. Overture
II. Aria: Largo
III. Jardiniers
IV. Aria: Largo
V. Aria: Allegro
VI. Gavotte
VII. Menuet
I. Overture
II. Un poco vivace
III. Allegro
I. Overture
II. Air: Andante
III. Allegro
I. Ouverture
II. Air
III. Bouree
IV. Aria
V. Hornpipe
VI. Menuet
I. Ouverture
II. Air
III. Bourree
IV. Menuet I-II
V. Air
VI. Passepied I-II
I. Ouverture
II. Air I
III. Bourree
IV. Air II
V. Menuett I - Menuett II
VI. Air III
VII. Passepied I - Passepied II
I. Ouverture
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Ouverture
II. Rigaudon
III. Siciliano
IV. Menuet and Trio
V. Aria en Pologniese
I. Ouverture
II. Air I
III. Gavotte
IV. Air II
V. Jardiniers
VI. Menuet I - alternativement - Menuet II
I. Overture
II. Air
III. Gavotte
IV. Aria: Largo
V. Fuga
VI. Menuet
VII. Rejouissance
VIII. Menuet
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II. Air moderato
III. Bouree I-II
IV. Air
V. Gavotte I-II
VI. Menuet I-II
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II. Aria: Andante
III. Jardiniers
IV. Aria: Andante
V. Bouree
VI. Menuet I - Menuet II - Menuet I
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2. Aria. Largo
3. Jardiniers
4. Aria. Largo
5. Aria. Allegro
6. Gavotte
7. Menuet
Part I: Chorale: Mich vom Stricke meiner Sunder (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Als Jesus nun zu Tische sasse (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Aria: Der Gott, dem alle Himmelskreise (Daughter of Zion)
Part I: Recitative: Und bald hernach nahm er den Kelch (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Aria: Gott selbst, der Brunnquell alles Guten (Daughter of Zion)
Part I: Chorale: Ach, wie hungert mein Gemute (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Drauf sagten sie dem Hochsten Dank (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Aria: Mein Vater, schau, wie ich mich quale (Jesus)
Part I: Recitative: Mich qualt der Sunder schwere Last (Jesus)
Part I: Aria: Sunder, schaut mit Furcht und Zagen (Tenor)
Part I: Recitative: Die Pein vermehrte sich (Evangelist)
Part I: Aria: Brich, mein Herz, zerfliess in Tranen (Tenor)
Part I: Chorale: Herr, lass dein bitter Leiden (Chorus)
Part II: Chorale: Ein Lammlein geht und tragt die Schuld (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und Jesus ward zum Palast Caiphas' (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Falsche Zeugnis, Hohn und Spott (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Die Nacht war kaum vorbei (Evangelist)
Part II: Recitative: Hat dies mein Heiland leiden mussen? (Daughter of Zion)
Part II: Aria: Meine Laster sind die Stricke (Daughter of Zion)
Part II: Recitative: Wie nun Pilatus Jesum fragt (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Verwegene Rotte, was fangest du an? (Tenor)
Part II: Recitative: Wie man ihm genug Verspottung (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Hier erstarrt mein Herz und Blut (Daughter of Zion)
Part II: Recitative: Sobald er nun gekreuzigt war (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: O Menschenkind, nur deine Sund' (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und um die neunte Stunde (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Jesu gab man bittre Gall (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Hierauf rief Jesus laut mit ganzer Macht (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Ihr Augen weinet Blut (Tenor)
Part II: Chorale: Ich danke dir von Herzen (Chorus)
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Sinfonia
II. Andante, un poco piano
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allabreve
IV. Presto
I. Allegro un poco
II. [Andante]
III. [Alla breve]
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Un poco allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro un poco
III. Largo
IV. Allegro