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).
Since 13 May 2024 all chapters have been translated and added to the website.
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 updates:

13 May 2024

The final missing chapter was added:

XI.2 (Tempo 3: Time changes, Stylised dances and French Overtures)

4 April 2024

The ‘Chapters’ page was not showing the chapters in the correct order. This has been fixed.

2, 5 April 2024

The article ‘1736. St. Thomae with Both Organs’ has been thoroughly revised.
It is available for download from the Matthäus-Passion tab.
On tablets and mobile phones the accompanying text was still was shown in Dutch;
this has been fixed.