Works by Bach and Biber

V47 | Salomé Gasselin & Jonathan Zehnder


13.04.24 at 15:00 Uhr


Ohrdruf - Schloss Ehrenstein


Ohrdruf - Schloss Ehrenstein

entrance fee

25 €

Concert with a guided tour of the Bach exhibition

Salomé Gasselin's musical career was by no means predestined: Music long competed with rugby, visual arts, and genetics. Having won various awards, including those in Lugano and Koethen, she is now well-established in the European early music scene and is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician.

Known by his contemporaries as a viol player, Biber is now associated in our minds with the violin and his Mystery sonatas. A fire in 1735 is said to have destroyed much of Biber’s viol repertoire, which would explain why we only found one solo sonata for this instrument. In addition to this piece, we have chosen to transcribe the Guardian Angel’s passacaglia from the Mystery Sonatas in our program. Johann-Sebastian Bach drew inspiration from Biber’s music and his sonatas and partitas are part of a lineage stemming from Biber’s work. In dialogue with Biber’s music, we offer transcriptions of Chorale Préludes and the suite for lute in C minor for theorbo and gamba.This flexibility in the appropriation of the musical text may come as a surprise today. The repertoire was not definitively assigned to one instrument or another but moved around from one to the next. This fluidity led us to explore Bach and Biber’mysteries. Profound, these mysteries never fully unveil themselves but are constantly revealed.


Salomé Gasselin – viol
Jonathan Zehnder – theorbo


Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale „Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier“ BWV 731

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite for lute in C minor BWV 997

Anonymous XVIIème
Chorale „Herr nur du stiller verschiedener Bach“
Ms. BNF (Paris)

Anonymous (after Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber)
Sonatina â Viola de Gamba aut Violino Solo
Ms. CZ-KRa A 891 (Kremsier)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
from the Mysteriy sonatas: Passacaglia in G minor „The Guardian Angel“

Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale „Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme“ BWV 645

additional info

The guided tour (in German only) of the Bach exhibition in Ehrenstein Castle will take place immediately after the concert.

Show overview

event location

Schloss Ehrenstein
Schlossplatz 1
99885 - Ohrdruf - Thuringia

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