Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
Saturday Jun 30 01:00 PM
Sunday Jul 01 01:00 PM
Sunday Jul 01 07:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Germany. 1968. 94 min.
Using letters Anna Magdalena Bach wrote to her husband, seminal composer Johann Sebastian, filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet created one of the most precise, rewarding biopics ever made. Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach’s intense emotional pull can be understood by its status as a musical film in the most thorough sense. Its performances—staged as extended sequences set within the very spaces once occupied by Bach himself, with trained performers donning and playing items accurate to the period—are immense, bringing us closer to the sound than was ever thought possible. Immaculately restored on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach invites viewers to experience a bygone age.
Included are performances of Bach's works including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Prelude 6 from the "Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,” Minuet 2 of the Suite in D Minor from the "Little Clavier Book for Anna Magdalena Bach,” Sonata No. 2 in D Major for Viola and Harpsichord, Partita in E Minor from the "Little Clavier Book for Anna Magdalena Bach,” Trio-sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Magnificat in D Major, "St. Matthew Passion, Prelude in B Minor for Organ, Mass in B Minor, Ascension Oratorio, Clavier-Uebung Italian Concerto, Goldberg Variations, Musical Offering, Art of the Fugue Chorale for Organ, and Cantatas No. 205, 198, 244, 42, 215, 140, 82.
Read the AV Club review.