Rens Bijma

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH AND HIS MUSICIANS IN THE TWO MAIN CHURCHES IN LEIPZIG

Parody of a drawing from Rens Bijma’s thesis
by Aart-Jan Venema. (© De Volkskrant 2018)

Welcome to Rens Bijma’s website

This website is an English language adaptation of the original Dutch website.

33 chapters describe how Bach performed his own cantatas and passions in the two main churches in Leipzig (see ‘Topic’ and ‘Chapters’ tabs).

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Latest updates:

June 2024

 The Justification for the reconstruction of the Primal Version of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion is now available.
See Matthäus-Passion tab.

The introductory texts on all pages have been updated.

May 2024

All chapters are available now in an English translation.

April 2024

The article ‘1736. St. Thomae with Both Organs’ has been thoroughly revised.
It is available for download from the Matthäus-Passion tab.