Starting in summer 2022, the project "European Music Trails" will focus on the famous Leipzig composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the art of movement in its second European cooperation project. While musicians in later centuries travelled extensively throughout Europe to play concerts and attract new audiences, Bach stayed almost exclusively in central Germany, but like his fellow 18th century musicians Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, François Couperin, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, he was strongly influenced by other European composers and what was popular in Europe at the time. During Bach's creative period, dance and dance music from France played an important role in noble courts and bourgeois houses throughout Europe and strongly influenced Bach's works. The goal of this project is to examine the influences of international composers on Bach's works, as well as his influence on international composers, and to trace the ways in which culture spread throughout Europe at the time. Since the issues of cultural exchange and dissemination in Europe are just as relevant today, the project work will also include popular arts today such as hip hop and poetry slam.
Based on this historical background, two new partner institutions have been gained to develop a series of activities that focus on audience diversification as well as transnational mobility, linking Bach's Baroque period with our present and with modern forms of music and movement. The partner institutions are:
Notenspur Leipzig e.V., Leipzig/Germany
Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena: https://teatrocomunalemodena.it/en/
Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, Lyon/France: http://www.concert-hosteldieu.com