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.


  • It's official: Volume 14 of our Fasch Studies series, "Fasch und die Konfessionen" ("Fasch and the Confessional Landscape of His Day" (432 pp.), can be ordered from Ortus-Musikverlag. Happy reading!

  • Our next annual general meeting will take place on 19 October, 6 pm, Hotel "Von Rephuns Garten", Zerbst. This year's "Fasch-Geselligkeit" event will begin right after at 7:30 pm. Soprano Marina Dobroschinskaja and her ensemble will present "ear worms" from musicals, operettas, and movies to go with our chosen motto,"Song and Wine". The latter will inform Chef Henning StrĂ¼ber's three-course dinner. Tickets for the "Fasch-Geselligkeit" event are 35,50 Euro and are available from the Zerbst Tourist Information and the IFG headquarters. AGM: Please RSVP via e-mail (IFaschG (at) or regular mail (PF 11 13, 39251 Zerbst) until 29 September 2018.

  • 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 next issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana, will appear later than usual in 2018 (early fall). To access the 2017 issue, click on the "Fasch News" link and then on "Faschiana", or check the side box above.
  • The last meeting of the IFS Executive Board took place on 29 June 2018.

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