The International Fasch Festival is a member of

Musikfeste Sachsen-Anhalt

"Entlich hatte ich gar die Verwegenheit, ..." (Finally I dared to ...)

This is how Fasch described his interest in, and focus on writing music that was in vogue during his lifetime.

The International Fasch Society Zerbst was founded in 1991. Its goals are twofold: 1) to research the lives of the Anhalt-Zerbst Kapellmeister Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) and of his son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736-1800), who was born in Zerbst and made a name for himself in music history by founding the Singakademie zu Berlin; 2) to popularize their neglected works by commissioning performing editions and organizing music festivals. The International Fasch Society contributes much to emphasize the importance of Central German Baroque Music in an international context. The "Freundeskreis J. F. Fasch" and later the "Arbeitskreis Johann Friedrich Fasch" in Zerbst and the Musicological Institute at the Kloster Michaelstein (Blankenburg/Harz) already promoted Fasch during the 1980s; the first Fasch Festival took place in 1983.

  • Please note that our headquarters in Zerbst will be closed from 5 July to the end of August 2018. During that time you are welcome to contact us via e-mail.

  • Save the date: the 15th International Fasch Festival is scheduled to take place on 11-14 April 2019 in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.The overall motto is "Music in Anhalt-Zerbst". More information (in German) on the festival (concerts, etc.) is available here.
  • The last meeting of the IFS Executive Board took place on 29 June 2018.
  • The next issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana, will appear later than usual in 2018 (late summer/early fall). To access the 2017 issue, click on the "Fasch News" link and then on "Faschiana", or check the side box above.

  • Faschiana
    The 2017 issue of our newsletter - 14 pages in all! - appeared on 08 August. Enjoy!