Music: Great Bach Choir

To many pious German devotees of Johann Sebastian Bach, the singing of the St. Thomas Church Choir in Leipzig, East Germany, is the voice of Holy Writ. The choir school, attached to Leipzig's famed Evangelical Lutheran Thomaskirche, proudly points to J. S. Bach's service as its cantor for 27 years (1723 to 1750), has long constituted itself chief guardian of his music. Last week the 80-boy choir made a sortie from behind the Iron Curtain. Occasion: the Bach Festival at Ansbach, West Germany. Critical verdict: St. Thomas' parade-drilled ten-to-18-year olds can still sing...

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