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Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent, writes music of sensuous delight for his aristocratic patrons, and gives voice to his deep religious faith in music for the church. He’s touchy, he’s fabulously rude, he has high standards (he stabs a bassoonist for playing badly) and he’s constantly in trouble with his employers.
Music is the family business – both his wives and all his children are musicians. His eldest son, Wilhelm, is brilliant, chaotic and paralysed by his father’s genius. Tense, industrious Carl is less talented than his father but more successful. As the years pass, their gripping family drama provokes furious arguments about love, God and above all music. What is it for – to give pleasure, like a cup of coffee in the sun, or to reveal the divine order that gives life its meaning?
Nina Raine’s beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity.
2hrs 30mins (inc interval)
Bach & Sons is a play that follows leading composer Johann Sebastian Bach struggles to cope with demands. His eldest son, Wilhelm is proving to be a musical prodigy, but it’s the younger brother, Carl that is reaping the rewards. To help his sons climb the musical scales and become defining artists, Johann must help his sons equally. But as the years pass, discordance is the sound of the day. Can the family come together to live in perfect harmony with one another? Or will making music prove the greatest challenge of all? Book Bach & Sons tickets in London to discover more about the musical maestro.
The world premiere of Bach & Sons in London opens at the Bridge Theatre this summer. Nina Raine’s family drama asks what power music can hold over us in society. Can it act as divine intervention? Can it give life meaning? Or is it simply just a few notes thrown together? However you listen to music, Bach & Sons is sure to hit the right dramatic tone.
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, whose concertos defined the Baroque period. Bach is known for instrumental compositions including the Brandenburg Concertos.
Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, and lived from 1685 - 1750.
Bach and Sons is written by Nina Raine, an English theatre director and playwright. Her previous plays include ‘Consent’, which ran at the National Theatre in 2017. Bach & Sons is her first play to premiere at the Bridge Theatre.
June 23rd, 2021
September 12th, 2021
The power of music meets the power of theatre in this new play about Johann Sebastian
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