Der Zippelfaggotist: The Original Court Documents

The comic intermezzo called Der Zippelfaggotist, which Jonathan Breit has written for The Cecilia Chorus of New York’s A Bach Family Christmas, is based on a factual altercation between J.S. Bach and a bassoon player named Geyersbach in 1705. The first page of the original court document, containing Bach’s complaint against the bassoonist, is shown below. 

Music Director Mark Shapiro and ASCAP Award-winner The Cecilia Chorus of New York (180 voices with orchestra) present A Bach Family Christmas on Saturday, December 10th at 8:00pm. Join us at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage). Featuring J. S. Bach's Magnificat, seasonal works by Bach's relatives, and the world premiere of Jonathan Breit's comic intermezzo Der Zippelfagottist. Soloists include Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Rihab Chaieb and Wolf Trap Young Artist Matthew Swensen. For more information and to buy tickets, click on the button below!

Source: The National Archive of Thüringen - State Archive Rudolstadt.

Source: The National Archive of Thüringen - State Archive Rudolstadt.