Johann Friedrich Fasch, 1688-1758

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Selected Recordings

Concerto for 2 corni da caccia

Quadro in D minor for Oboe, Violin, Bassoon

Quartett in B-dur

Selected Sheet Music

Sonata in D
Fasch-sonata

Source: IMSLP.org

Showcase Piece

Suite pour orchestre en sol majeur

Notes and Commentary

Johann Friedrich Fasch was a German violinist and composer. His works include cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber music. None of his pieces were printed in his lifetime, and a large number of his vocal works, including four operas, have been lost. However, he was held in high regard by his contemporaries (Johann Sebastian Bach made manuscript copies of a number of his pieces), and he is today considered an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods.

Fasch died in Zerbst at the age of 70. He was the father of Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, also a musician of note. The city of Zerbst/Anhalt has been hosting International Festivals since 1983, biennially since 1993. The Twelfth International Fasch Festival took place in Zerbst in April 2013 and the included the unveiling of a memorial to him. He lived from April 15, 1688, to December 5, 1758).

Books and Music

Selected Books
Sonata in B-Flat, Difficult
Alfred Publishing, 2012
Jennifer Stevens (ed.)
$11.73 on Amazon
b-flat

Selected Music

Overture Ouvertüren (2000), 1 CD

vol 2 Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011), 1 CD

fasch-cd Werke (2009), 1 CD

More Johann Friedrich Fasch music

Complete Works

This is a partial list of Fasch’s works. Click for complete list.

Sacred cantatas
Fwv D:B 1 \ Bewahre deinen Fuss
Fwv D:D 1 \ Dein allerhöchster Adel
Fwv D:D 2 \ Der Gottlose ist wie ein Wetter
Fwv D:D 3 \ Die den Herrn vertrauen
Fwv D:D 4 \ Die Gerechten müssen sich freuen
Fwv D:D 5 \ Die so das Land des Lichts bewohnen
Fwv D:D 6 \ Die Starken bedürfen des Arztes nicht
Fwv D:D 7 \ Die Starken bedürfen des Arztes nicht
Fwv D:D 8 \ Du bist Christus, des lebendigen Gottes Sohn
Fwv D:D 9 \ Du bist mein Gott, ich bitte dich
Fwv D:D10 \ Du sollst Gott, deinen Herrn, lieben
Fwv D:E 1 \ Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe

Motets
Fwv E:B 1 \ Beschliesset einen Rat

Passion oratorios
Fwv F: 1 \ Brockes Passion

Masses
Fwv G:B 1 \ Missa brevis in B flat major
Fwv G:D 1 \ Mass in D major
Fwv G:D 2 \ Mass in D major
Fwv G:D 3 \ Missa brevis in D major
Fwv G:D 4 \ Missa brevis in D major
Fwv G:D 5 \ Missa brevis in D major
Fwv G:D 6 \ Credo in D major
Fwv G:D 7 \ Credo in D major
Fwv G:e 1 \ German Mass in E minor
Fwv G:F 1 \ Mass in F major
Fwv G:F 2 \ Missa brevis in F major
Fwv G:F 3 \ Quoniam in F major
Fwv G:g 1 \ Missa brevis in G minor

Canticles
Fwv H:G 1 \ Magnificat in G major

Psalm settings
Fwv I:B 1 \ Beatus vir in G major
Fwv I:C 1 \ Confiteor in D major
Fwv I:D 1 \ Dixit Dominus in G major
Fwv I:L 1 \ Laetatus sum in F sharp minor
Fwv I:L 2 \ Lauda Jerusalem in D major
Fwv I:L 3 \ Laudate Pueri Dominum in A major
Fwv I:N 1 \ Nisi Dominus in D major

Orchestral suites
Fwv K:a 1 \ Suite for 2 flutes, 2 oboes & bassoon in A minor
Fwv K:A 1 \ Suite for violin, 2 oboes & 2 bassoons in A major
Fwv K:A 2 \ Suite for 2 flutes, 2 oboes & bassoon in A major
Fwv K:a 2 \ Suite for 2 oboes & 2 bassoons in A minor
Fwv K:a 3 \ Suite for 2 oboes & 2 bassoons in A minor
Fwv K:A 3 \ Suite for 2 oboes & bassoon in A major
Fwv K:a 4 \ Suite for 2 oboes & bassoon in A minor
Fwv K:B 1 \ Suite for 2 orchestras

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