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 ‘Chapters’ tab).
In due course all lacking chapters will be added.
If you want to be kept informed about the publication of new chapters, please let me know via the ‘Contact’ tab.


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Latest update:

17 February 2024

New translated chapter:

XV (The Art of Singing)

December 2023 and January 2024

New translated chapters:

XII (Articulation and Synchronisation),
XIV (Ornamentation),
XI.2 (Tempo 2: Basic tempi of different metres)
XXXIII (The Matthäus-Passion)
In Chapter XVI (The Recitative)  § 4 was revised.