7 March until 4 January 2015
“Make Music from the Soul ...“
The World of Sound and Instrument Building at the Time of C.P.E. Bach

Celebrating Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s (1714–1788) 300th birthday, the MKG presents musical instruments from the era of late Baroque and Sentimentalism. “You have to make music from the soul, not like a trained bird”, this is how Bach describes his idea of music in his famous “Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments”, which influenced an entire epoch. In 1768 Johann Sebastian Bach’s second son succeeded his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann as the City’s music director and cantor at the Johanneum in Hamburg. Respected as an artist throughout Europe, Bach lived in the Hanseatic city until he died in 1788. Here he met with artists and scholars of the Enlightenment. The exhibition shows highly ornate bowed and plucked instruments from Joachim Tielke’s workshop as well as clavichords and cembalos from the Hamburg instrument builders Hass and Zell. For the first time a contrabass built by Christoff Fleischer in 1657 will be presented. A few years ago it was discovered by chance and is thought to be the oldest dated musical instrument from Hamburg. The musical world of sound of the time of C.P.E. Bach will be brought to life with a programme of interpretation making use of video and audio clips, where the instruments are recorded. An exhibition in cooperation with Prof. Frank Böhme and students of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Fig.: Clavichord, Johann Adolph Hass (1713-1771), 1760, Hamburg, div. woods, ivory, horn, div. metals and precious metals, div. colour, glazes and varnishes, strips of wool cloth, oil painting, 177 x 56 x 80,5 cm, Bequest Adolph Heinrich Emil Kohl, Photo: Roman Raacke