Bach Maraton. 22 Children of Bach

Thursday 21.03.2024 / 19:00

Концертний зал Людкевича


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On the 21st of March, he usually spends time on the bike track, and on March 22, we hope to meet him in a yoga class. On March 23, we’ll be glad to join him in walking and save other sports activities for the last day of the project, March 24.

Yes, this marathon is one of the five most unusual competitions in the world, because it features the divine-human, Johann Sebastian Bach in the main role of mentor, judge, and even winner.

Following his example, Handel turned to aqua-jogging, and Cage to meditative practices of self-discovery. Even today, we still know so little about him, and yet we know everything we need to know! The eternally young (yes, not the chubby, boring uncle you’re used to seeing in old people’s portraits) Bach will run a marathon to mark his 339th birthday.

Drop all the bureaucracy (his fluffy wig, etc.) and run to the Philharmonic. We guarantee a marathon of new and contemporary Bach art from our artists!


A terribly hardworking composer, a reliable teacher, and a happy father, Bach tried on many personas during his life. He himself came from an ancient family of musicians: at that time, his surname alone seemed to be in tune with this profession. Love appeared to Johann Sebastian twice in his life, and among its fruits are many descendants, sons and daughters. Authoritative sources still contain contradictory data on the number of children, and this is not surprising. Various sources say that she had 20 or 22 sons and daughters. The ten of them who reached adulthood in good health were distinguished by their musical abilities: four of Bach’s sons eventually became prominent composers. Yet in their childhood, they and their sisters became the special sources of inspiration for whom Bach composed music. An ocean of love that Bach relied on in times of need.

Mozart once said: “Bach is a father, and we are his children.” And although he was talking about Carl Philipp Emanuel at the time, today we would like to emphasize the eternity of Bach’s figure and how his presence imperceptibly and strongly influences modern life: all the music we know is marked by his influence, all our musicians grew up with his work, all the vital topics are covered in this boundless synergy of the Baroque genius and the master.

Attend this concert and maybe there will be more of us in the list of Bach’s heirs?



  • Iryna Kliuchkovska, soprano
  • Yarema Pavliv, violin
  • Oksana Rapita, piano
  • Myroslav Dragan, piano
  • Academic Chamber Orchestra “Lviv Virtuosos”
  • Taras Verhun, conductor



Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042, Allegro
  • Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in C minor, BWV 1062
  • Cantata “Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn” BWV 132
  • Aria in G major for strings from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068