The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Barnabás Kelemen

19 September 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Bach in Solo

Barnabás Kelemen Presented by Liszt Academy

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J. S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
J. S. Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001


J. S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Barnabás Kelemen (violin)

“Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato” – this modest and to-the-point description appears on the title page of the series by Johann Sebastian Bach popularly known as Six Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Violin (BWV 1001–1006). Similarly to many other works by the composer, this cycle is both an ending and a starting point: it is the culmination of German polyphonic violin genre hallmarked by the names of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Paul Westhoff and Johann Jakob Walther in the late 17th century, a model that has inspired composers through Eugène Ysaÿe and Béla Bartók to this day. However, the ‘Old Testament’ of violinists played a major role not only in the development of composition but in instrumental technique. It is not known whether Bach wrote these pieces for actual performance or he intended them merely as a musical study, in which he presented what was possible to realize on a single violin in the early 1700s. Whichever version is true, the cycle aroused the interest of his contemporaries, and the popularity of the pieces has continued unabated since the pioneering activities of Joseph Joachim in the 19th century.

Tickets and season tickets for March 12th 2020 are valid for this concert.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 3 900, 4 900, 5 900, 6 900

Concert series:

Bach in Solo