Laurens de Man (photo Juri Hiensch)

Die Kunst der Fuge

Laurens de Man
Sun 14 Apr 2024 11:00 - 12:00
Sun 14 Apr 2024
11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun 14 Apr 2024
    11:00 - 12:00
    Excl. drankje
    Kleine Zaal


Johann Sebastian Bach Die Kunst der Fuge


Laurens de Man Fokker organ

Bach’s masterpiece in meantone temperament

A first for the Fokker-organ. The young Dutch organist Laurens de Man performs Bach’s majestic Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) for the very first time on this instrument. And therefore for the first time in the pure meantone temperament. Also, the work that Bach never completed is given a new ending, in which both the composer and the 31-tone organ are fully honoured. A unique concert featuring Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge, as pure as it has never sounded before.

In Bach’s time, tuning in the meantone temperament was the standard. The tuning enhances the coloration of tone sequences, as the distance between the tones is not uniform throughout. Because of the characteristics of the 31-tone organ, it is possible to do full justice to the different tonalities of the Kunst der Fuge. With harmonies that have an archaic purity, and dissonances that stand out more and are more compelling than ever.

Concert and guided tour
After this concert, you can join a guided tour of the Muziekgebouw (Dutch spoken), which starts at 13:00. The ticket for the guided tour costs €10.