78. Crespo Series

Encounter with JS Bach

Time and date

Saturday 1 July 2023

12:05 pm

1:00 pm

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This year’s Festival clearly has an entirely healthy obsession with Johann Sebastian Bach. This fascinating concert brings together two composers who undoubtedly knew of each other before they actually met. Sylvius Leopold Weiss was one of the most renowned, technically accomplished lutenists and prolific composers of lute music of his day. In the field of improvisation, the two men maintained a healthy rivalry, as the German composer, writer and music critic Johann Friedrich Reichardt bore witness Anyone who knows how difficult it is to play harmonic modulations and good counterpoint on the lute will be surprised and full of disbelief to hear from eyewitnesses that Weiss, the great lutenist, challenged J. S. Bach, the great harpsichordist and organist, at playing fantasies and fugues. Weiss was a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann, who was most likely instrumental in the two men meeting. When in 1739 Weiss and his friend stayed in Leipzig for a month, they made frequent visits to the Bach household where, it is reported, something extra fine in the way of music took place. This concert re-visits that encounter between two master musicians.

Admission: €15

All works performed by Johannes Pramsohler Jadran Duncumb


Composer Work
J.S. Bach Prelude in C Minor BWV 999
J.S. Bach Fugue in G Minor for solo lute BWV 1000
S.L. Weiss Passacaglia in D Major
Pisendel Sonata for solo violin in A Minor
J.S. Bach / S.L. Weiss Suite for Lute and Violin in A Major BWV 1025
Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation