One of the earliest piano compositions in history

Some of your favourite Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Wagner works would have never seen the light of day had it not been for wealthy patrons. Bach’s Das Musikalische Opfer (The Musical Offering) was commissioned by Frederick the Great, and at a time when the pianoforte was still an experimental instrument, making it one of the earliest such compositions of all time. The flute – a favourite instrument of the king – is prevalent throughout the composition, performed on various combinations of flute‚ violins and harpsichord, among others.

Join the Calefax Reed Qintet as they explore this complex work, with the additional help of Dutch composer and educator Martijn Padding. Get tickets and find out more on the Muziekgebouw website.