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Spektrix Ref 1: PH22


27 February | 12:00pm | £18 / £15

Doors & coffee from 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends c.1:00pm, no interval


Patrick Hemmerlé, piano 


Johann Sebastian Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F, Book I

Johann Fischer - Ricercar Pro Tempore Adventus 

Bach - Prelude and Fugue in D major, Book II

Fischer - Ricercar pro Festis Natalitys 

Bach - Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor, Book I 

Fischer - Ricercar pro Tempore Quadragesimae 

Fischer - Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E major

Bach - Prelude and Fugue in E major, Book II 

Fischer - Ricercar pro Fetis Paschalibus 

Bach - Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, Book II

Fischer - Ricercar pro Festis Pentecostalibus 


'Hemmerlé is well worth following.... he absorbs the stylistic elements at work in the music and

has the technique to cope with its often extreme demands'



Acclaimed for the originality of his concert programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in England. He is especially known for his performances of the Chopin Etudes, the Bach Prelude and Fugues and his recordings of lesser-known composers such as Medtner, Novak ('a phenomenally interesting disc, performed with real musical maturity', Classical Music Magazine) and Roger-Ducasse ('a damn good pianist', Artamag). Patrick studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Billy Eidi, and has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano. Patrick is also a popular lecturer; he regularly gives talks for Cambridge University and is the artistic director of Clare Hall’s Intimate Engagements series.


In this fascinating coffee concert, renowned pianist and scholar Patrick Hemmerlé explores the impact of Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer on Johann Sebastian Bach. Fischer (c.1665-1746) was one of the first composers to write a collection of preludes and fugues in the newly-organised system of major and minor keys. In 1702 he published his Ariadne Musica - twenty very attractive miniature preludes and fugues in nineteen different tonalities, plus five ricercariAriadne Musica was a significant predecessor of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, both structurally (using most of the twenty-four keys of the well-tempered system of tuning) but also in the direct quoting of themes which Bach borrowed from Fischer.



Covid-19 and concerts

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  • clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
  • ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)  
  • advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue

Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders