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Mathematics in Music: Bach, the Mathematician

Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Matinée Concerts

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A wealth of analysis and wild conspiracy theories has emerged over the centuries about the profound dedication with which Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest Baroque composer of them all, was preoccupied with the science of numbers. Because while it may be just an urban legend that he was obsessed with the number fourteen, it is absolutely certain that he "invented” the musical version of the Möbius strip more than a hundred years before Möbius himself developed the concept.

It is nearly impossible not to talk about Bach in terms of superlatives: a good example of how significant his work is for all of humanity is the fact that the Voyager 1 probe, which was launched in 1977 and left our solar system in 2013, is carrying a golden record bearing excerpts from three of his works among its contents to introduce our world to any other civilizations that may exist out there somewhere. But interstellar perspectives aside, he was still a riveting figure; one only has to think of his encounter with the Prussian ruler Frederick the Great in 1747, after which he created a six-part fugue based on a theme supplied by the king. The Musikalisches Opfer brings joy to the hearts of mathematicians and astronomers who are highly familiar with the Möbius strip: one part begins the theme from the beginning and the other from the end while playing at the same time. The Art of the Fugue also triggered a musical earthquake and is still considered the unsurpassable high point of contrapuntal structure. The numerical symbolism, musical puzzles, mathematical editing and the mathematical organisation and precision hidden in Bach's music can be ascertained on this occasion by means of vocal and instrumental passages. In addition to the musicians, our companions on this adventurous journey spanning light years will be moderator Szilveszter Szélpál and musicologist Gergely Fazekas.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • harpsichord, organ
    Dóra Pétery
  • baroque flute
    Benedek Csalog
  • baroque violin
    Róza Lachegyi
  • lute
    Igor Davidovics
  • baroque cello, viola da gamba
    Lúcia Krommer
  • soprano
    Adriána Kalafszky
  • moderator
    Szilveszter Szélpál
  • music expert
    Gergely Fazekas

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