Die Thomaner

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Die Thomaner

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3rd Sept 2012




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Die Thomaner

A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig

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A Film by Paul Smaczny & Günter Atteln.

Founded in 1212 the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig is one of the most famous and prestigious boys' choirs in the world. This documentary accompanies “Die Thomaner”, aged between 9 and 18 years old, over a period of one year. Their unique world, from motets to boarding school and the football pitch, is distinguished by success, pressure to perform, doubt, pride, homesickness, and friendship. The film charts the breadth of the boys' experience from the classroom to traveling on tour to South America.


Two tracks from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” performed by the choir for which it was written - St. Thomas Boys Choir - in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

Nr. 1 Chor: »Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen«

Nr. 39 Arie (Alt): »Erbarme dich«

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 113:35 min

Running Time Bonus: approx. 14 min

Disc Format: DVD-9

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2012


“the faultline between the tradition-hallowed Thomaner ethos and the 21st century is gently probed. Gently, because more questions are raised than answered; but then, anchoring everything is the glorious certainty that is the music of JS Bach himself.”

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