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Kleinzschocher Manor

World première of Bach's Peasant Cantata

Memorial plaque on a column at the Kleinzschocher manor, which is a station of the Notenrad in the music city Leipzig, cultural institution
© Elke Leinhoß

The Kleinzschocher Manor is located in the southwest of Leipzig. Today, the historic building still contains the Schösserhaus, the Villa Tauchnitz and the gateway. On 30 August 1742, the world première of the popular cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach took place in the historic building of the former Schösserhaus. Also known as Peasant Cantata, it was played on the 36th birthday of the landowner Carl Heinrich von Dieskau (Prince-elector Saxon Chamberlain).

The words of the piece are by Christian Friedrich Henrici, known as Picander, and include some of the finest examples of the Saxon dialect. It tells a story in a popular, slightly ironic melody, which is presented in a simple piece of music with short sentences and a simple accompaniment. The commissioned work was premièred under Bach's personal direction at Kleinzschocher Manor. The remaining historic buildings are being restored today as part of the renovations by the Leipzig Housing Association (Leipziger Wohnungsbaugesellschaft). In addition, family houses and architecturally valuable town villas are being built on the three-hectare site.

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location Kleinzschocher Manor
04229 Leipzig