Johann Friedrich Fasch

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Portrait of the son of Johann Friedrich Fasch. Unfortunately there is no picture of himself. (A certain family resemblance, however, cannot be completely ruled out.)
Coat of arms of Anhalt-Zerbst

Johann Friedrich Fasch (born April 15, 1688 in Buttelstedt , † December 5, 1758 in Zerbst ) was a German composer of the Baroque period.


Johann Friedrich Fasch was the first child of the school principal Friedrich Georg Fasch. The mother was Sophie Wegerig from Leißling near Weißenfels . After his father's death in 1700, Fasch came to live with his mother's brother, pastor Gottfried Wegerig in Teuchern . As a boy was Fasch singer in White Rock and in the Leipziger Thomas - Alumnat under Thomas cantor Johann Kuhnau . After writing operas for the Naumburg Opera House in 1711 and 1712 (or playing in the orchestra of the Opernhaus am Brühl ), he went to Darmstadt in 1714 to study with Christoph Graupnerand Gottfried Grünewald to study composition. From 1715 to 1719 he held the post of "secretary" and chamber clerk in Gera , from 1719 to 1721 he was organist and town clerk in Greiz . He then went to Prague as the Kapellmeister of Count Morzin , and finally in 1722 he became court conductor in Zerbst. His son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch was born here on November 18, 1736 .

From approx. 1728 to 1755 he organized a "music change" from Zerbst, u. a. with colleagues in Dresden and Darmstadt. His music was groundbreaking primarily through the preferred brass line-up and the motivic-thematic work. He left behind numerous works: 82 overture suites, 67 concerts, 32 sonatas and 19 symphonies have been preserved.

Memorial stone in Zerbst

Johann Friedrich Fasch particularly valued the compositions by Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann . This emerges from the court inventory of the “Concert-Stube” (1743).

At the age of 70 he died on December 5, 1758 in Zerbst.

Works (selection)

Fasch's compositions are named according to Rüdiger Pfeiffer's list of works with the abbreviation "FWV". The International Fasch Society is creating a new catalog of works under the title “Fasch Repertory” (abbreviation: “FR”), which will be put online; An update of the directory of vocal music was published in 2019/20.


Most of the works by Johann Friedrich Fasch that have survived are in the music department of the SLUB Dresden and in the Darmstadt University and State Library .

In his honor, the International Fasch Festival has been held every two years in Zerbst since 1983 as part of the Saxony-Anhalt Music Festival . The Johann Friedrich Fasch Prize has been awarded for this purpose since 1991 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Stephan Blaut:  Fasch, Johann Friedrich. In: Ludwig Finscher (Hrsg.): The music in past and present . Second edition, personal section, volume 6 (Eames - Franco). Bärenreiter / Metzler, Kassel et al. 2001, ISBN 3-7618-1116-0 , Sp. 759–775 ( online edition , subscription required for full access)
  2. Barbara M. Reul: Comparative study of career decisions by J. S. Bach and J. F. Fasch. In: Understanding Bach Vol. 9, 2014 (English, PDF)
  3. a b c Biography at the International Fasch Society
  4. ^ A b Gottfried Küntzel and Barbara M. Reul:  Fasch, Johann Friedrich. In: Grove Music Online (English; subscription required).
  6. ^ Fasch: Passio Jesu Christi / Suite in D Minor. CD information on
  7. ^ Ruggero Chiesa (ed.): Johann Friedrich Fasch, Concerto in re minore per liuto e archi. Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milan.
  8. ^ Johann Friedrich Fasch Prize