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Bach at Leipzig: A Play by Itamar Moses

Bach at Leipzig: A Play

by Itamar Moses

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A play about (amongst other things) fugues, in fugue form, with Stoppardian stylised wordplay, swordplay, and just plain play. One of these theatrical gems that makes you think, "what a brilliant confection”, but than halfway through you begin to wonder how the juggler is going to finish this routine, and are mightily satisfied when he pulls it off. A joy from beginning to end. What fun it would be to direct, or act in. The only thing that lets it down is an interlude in which the author, perhaps not convinced the audience is quite following along, explains the fugue structure of the first act. Yes, this is necessary to understand the elaborations that follow, but I wished we'd been left to our own devices a little more. So would it be staged in New Zealand? Would the Court Theatre abandon their regular Roger Hall for a farce about baroque organ music with an all-male cast? ( )
  adzebill | Jun 29, 2010 |
I saw Itamar Moses' Outrage in Philadelphia, and it blew me away. Bach at Leipzig somehow managed to do the same thing, even though I couldn't see it live. The play is funny, but it's also intense, and it deals with your standard predestination-vs.-free-will and art-vs.-morality themes in a completely fresh way. And the melding of media? Joyous. ( )
  noseinabook | Aug 14, 2006 |
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Leipzig, Germany, 1722: Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. In order to fill the position, the city council invites a small number of musicians to audition for the appointment, including Johann Sebastian Bach. This, however, is not his story. Based on actual events, Bach at Leipzig imagines with uncommon intelligence and wit how six little-known musicians resorted to bribery, blackmail, and betrayal in an attempt to secure the most coveted musical post in all of Europe.

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