Helmut Lachenmann + Bach
Astrid Karger
Program Notes

Helmut Lachenmann + Bach

The difference is inevitable; the affiliation may be felt in a sensitivity to the particular sound and...

Helmut Lachenmann + Bach

Ensemble Signal

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 8pm

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            It would be difficult to overstate the influence of Bach’s works for solo strings, which raised the bar on what could be achieved with a single instrument, both musically and technically. More recently, Helmut Lachenmann has embarked on a similar quest to expand performers’ sonic palettes, exploring nontraditional techniques and sounds. This program creates an eye-opening dialogue between the two, featuring Bach and Lachenmann works for solo violin and cello, an early Lachenmann trio, plus a unique collaboration across the centuries: a contemporary third part written as a companion to Bach’s Two-Part Invention.


  • Lachenmann TemA (1968)
  • Lachenmann Pression (1969-70)
  • Lachenmann Toccatina (1986)
  • Lachenmann Third Part for J.S. Bach’s two-part Invention in D minor, BWV 775 (1985)
  • Bach Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
  • Bach Allemande and Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C Minor for solo cello, BWV 1011