1995 Photo Contest, Arts and Entertainment, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Gregor Schläger

VISUM for Stern

01 January, 1994

The Thomaner Choir of Leipzig, in former East Germany, is steeped in tradition. Founded in 1212 by Dietrich von Meissen, it was led by Johann Sebastian Bach for 27 years in the 18th century. Even during the communist era the choir retained a considerable measure of freedom, getting permission for concerts in Spain and Japan. Over the years, the hierarchy and discipline governing the boys' lives has changed little. Their education has to be fitted into a strict schedule of rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions. The older boys are each put in charge of a recent arrival.

About the photographer

Gregor Schläger

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