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The Dome and its Concerts

The most important abbey of the Black Forest, which was founded in the year 858 by the Benedictines and which evidently had an organ in 1488, was the birthplace of many musical treatises and compositions and, under Prince-Abbot Martin Gerbert, an eminent musicologist, became an excellent location for church music.

Here Johann Andreas Silbermann built his biggest organ from 1772 to 1775 with 47 registers. It was even larger than the Silbermann - Organ of Strasbourg Cathedral.

Church music is not only a decorative accessory to worship, but it also has a character of proclamation:

"The charge of the liturgist, the preacher, is to articulate God's word to the people. ... similarly, although at our level, this is also the charge of the musician. He also articulates in his - musical - language the word of God. Just as the preacher thinks about how he could credibly convey the message to contemporary people, it is up to the organist to  find and generate the music that edifies the congregation. "(Rudolf Heinemann, Berlin).

An old organ inscription from the Middle Ages tells us: "musica: preludium vitae aeternae", in English:"Music is the prelude of eternal life."

Together with the organizer, the Catholic congregation of St. Blasien, I hope you will  discover for yourselves the masterpieces of church music in this extraordinary setting of the "Black Forest Dome", and return home to your everyday life, enriched and strengthened by these "sermons in music" .

Prof. Bernhard Marx, titular organist at the Dom St. Blasien

Prof. Marx, art director of the international Dome-Concerts of St. Blasien


Dom St. Blasien:
Saturday: 7.00 pm
Sunday:  10.00 am
Sunday:   11.15 am*
* in addition during school hours

in Albtal:
Sunday:    8.45 am

in Menzenschwand:
Saturday:  7.15 pm
Sunday:    9.30 am