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 updates:

4 April 2024

The ‘Chapters’ page was not showing the chapters in the correct order. That is now 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.

December 2023 till March 2024

New translated chapters:

XI.2 (Tempo 2: Basic tempi of different metres)
XII (Articulation and Synchronisation),
XIII (Dynamics),
XIV (Ornamentation),
XV (The Art of Singing)
XXXIII (The Matthäus-Passion)

In Chapter XVI (The Recitative)  § 4 was revised.