Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Where have all the sopranos gone?" by Ilena Silverman (The New York Times Magazine)

«Πού έχουν πάει όλα τα σοπράνος;»

Η ολοένα και πιο πρώιμη έναρξη της εφηβείας, αναδιαμορφώνει τη Χορωδία Αγοριών του Αγίου Θωμά της Λειψίας.

Άρθρο της Ilena Silverman για το περιοδικό The New York Times (στα αγγλικά)


Angelo Grobe, alto, 10 / Joseph Caspar Georgi, soprano, 10 / Anton Kups, soprano, 10











“Where have all the sopranos gone?”

The ever-earlier onset of puberty is reshaping the legendary Leipzig boys choir.

By Ilena Silverman for The New York Times Magazine

Anton Kups, soprano, 10
After school and lunch but before afternoon rehearsals, the sopranos and altos of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, Germany, tried to master their skateboards, while the tenors and basses kissed their girlfriends and texted. Thoralf Schulze, the Latin teacher and the choir’s dean, walked among them, describing each with the analytical intimacy of a coach, calling out the age at which each chorister’s voice broke and how long he sat benched before he could sing with the choir again.

“Twelve! Six months only!”

“Twelve! One year!”

“Thirteen! One year!”

“Thirteen! Six months!”

The boys live at St. Thomas and attend a public school nearby. Schulze entered the boys’ dorm, called the “alumnat,” and walked up the stairs, extending a hand to a handsome young bass. “Adrian,” Schulze said smiling with relief. “He was 15.”

Arthur Ernst Kinder, baritone, 15
Puberty is always momentous, awkward and bittersweet, but perhaps nowhere more so than here. The St. Thomas Boys Choir is 801 years old. Johann Sebastian Bach served as its Thomaskantor, or choirmaster, from 1723 to 1750, during which time he complained about the boys’ lack of musical talent and paid a co-worker to take over the Latin class that he was also supposed to teach. Since then the choir has become something of a Bach historical re-enactment program — a homage to its greatest musical director; not quite Colonial Williamsburg but inching in that direction.

Each weekday, the choir rehearses under the direction of Georg Christoph Biller, a stern man with wild hair. Each Friday, when they are not traveling in Germany or abroad, they sing a motet at St. Thomas Church. Then, during the weekend, as it has for at least 200 years, the choir usually performs a composition by Bach.



Frank Bonsong-Segovia, soprano, 12 / Maximilian Hohmann, tenor, 16 /
Dragan Lautenschläger, alto, 11 (seated) / Claudio Gemsa, bass, 16 /
Claudius Pilz, alto, 11 / and Paul Vogel, tenor, 15
























See also / Δείτε επίσης

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 182 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 23 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 22 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 67 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 4 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 31 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 190 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)




Johann Sebastian Bach: Advent Cantata BWV 62 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Advent Cantata BWV 61 – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (Audio video)

Thomanerchor Leipzig – St Thomas Choir of Leipzig – Χορωδία Αγοριών του Αγίου Θωμά της Λειψίας

Johann Sebastian Bach: "Fürchte dich nicht", BWV 228 | Felix Mendelssohn: "Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir" – Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller (HD 1080p)

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