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St. Martin, Idstein, 2011
St. Martin, Idstein, on Wikipedia

Basic information in English about the parish St. Martin and its church, designed by Johannes Krahn, has been available since St. Martins Day 2010 on the English Wikipedia.

Did you know ... that the German architect Johannes Krahn designed the Bienenkorbhaus (Beehive House) in Frankfurt and St. Martin in Idstein?

Lux Aurumque

The concert on 6 June 2011 is dedicated to contemporary music.
Did you know ...
... that Jan Sandström composed the Motorbike Concerto, and a setting of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen for two choirs a cappella: one in four parts, singing Praetorius, and the other in eight parts? (Heiligabend 24 December 2011)

... that Samuel Barber derived his choral composition Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from his successful Adagio for Strings, showing "the work's sense of spirituality"? (Good Friday 6 April 2012)

... that the 2000 a cappella composition Lux Aurumque (''Light and Gold'') was recorded by a Virtual Choir of 185 singers from 12 countries, conducted by its composer Eric Whitacre? (Pfingstmontag, 28 May 2012)

Our cantor's teacher

Did you know ...
... that Wolfgang Schäfer, who succeeded Helmuth Rilling as professor of choral conducting for the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, is also part of the musical comedy trio BosArt? (27 November 2010)

Messiah 2011

Did you know ...
... that Handel's oratorio Messiah is structured in three parts, with a libretto about the Christian Messiah drawn from Bible verses, mostly taken from the Old Testament? (18 July 2011)

... that the Annunciation to the shepherds in Handel's Messiah, Part I, is the only scene from a Gospel in the oratorio? (23 July 2011)

... that Handel's Messiah, Part II contains the famous Hallelujah Chorus and the oratorio's longest movement, the Air for alto He was despised? (30 July 2011)

... that in Handel's oratorio Messiah, Part III closes with the chorus "Worthy is the Lamb", from text in the Book of Revelation, and an extended Amen fugue? (22 July 2011)

... that a reviewer wrote that Katia Plaschka, "quite accurately described as a high soprano, sings music of stratospheric difficulty" when performing Luigi Nono's music?
(23 September 2011)

... that Bach's solo cantata for alto Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170, for the sixth Sunday after Trinity, was recorded by Maureen Forrester, Andreas Scholl and Julia Hamari?
(11 July 2010)

... that tenor Ulrich Cordes was the Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion in St. Martin, Idstein, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels?
(30 September 2011)

... that Markus Flaig brought Handel's darkness and great light to St. Martin, Idstein?
(22 September 2011)


You reached the parish St. Martin in Idstein, Hesse, Germany. This website is in German, but you may still find interesting facts about the life of the parish.


Click on the symbol of St. Martin, our Patron Saint, above to reach the Main page.


The navigation links lead you to main subjects, divided in sub topics, if you hover on them:

Wer wir sind - Who we are, the team

Was wir tun - What we do, groups and organisations

Einladung - Invitation, services

Kirchenmusik - Church music

Unsere Kirche - Our church, the building

KITA - the Day Care Center of the parish

Nachrichten - News, the latest one on top, archives back until 2005, also the calender

Kontakt - Contact


Feel free to mail in English, it will be answered in English if you have some patience.

Future Events

29 September 2013, 5 p.m.: Bach Mass in B minor, choral concert of Chor St. Martin and the Martinis, conducted by Franz Fink, with orchestra L'Arpa festanta, Andreas Pruys, bass, and other soloists

Past events 2012

25 November 2012, 11 a.m.: Stefano Bernardi Missa primi toni octo vocum, Chor St. Martin



7 October 2012, 11 a.m.: Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Missa Inventionis Sanctae CrucisMartinis



3 June 2012, 5 p.m. Lux Aurumque, choral concert of Chor St. Martin and the Martinis, conducted by Franz Fink, contemporary sacred music of the 20th and 21st century, works by Samuel Barber, Franz Biebl, Morten Lauridsen, Knut Nystedt, Arvo Pärt, Graham Waterhouse and Eric Whitacre include Barber's Agnus Dei (his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings), Biebl's Ave Maria, Pärts Salve Regina (heard in 2007), the premiere of Waterhouse's Halleluja St. Martin, written for the parish in 2012, Whitacre's Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold), Nystedt's Immortal Bach, and Jan Sandström's Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.


6 May 2012, concert with the new harpsichord, played by Franz Fink conducting the Orchestra St. Martin and the Baroque Consort St. Martin in festive Baroque musique by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and others.


7 April 2012, Easter Vigil with Chor St. Martin conducted by Franz Fink, including Sicut cervus by Palestrina and Break forth into Joy by Joseph Barnby


6 April 2012, 3 p.m., Liturgy of Good Friday with Chor St. Martin conducted by Franz Fink, including Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber


26 February 2012, 11 a.m. Chor St. Martin, first Sunday in Lent, Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei from the Missa brevis in C by Leopold Mozart, attributed to his son as KV 115

Past events

24 December 2011, 11 p.m.: Christmette with Chor St. Martin and Orchester St. Martin, conducted by Franz Fink, including Jan Sandström's "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen".


25 December 2011, 10:30 a.m. Service for Christmas with the Martinis


20 November 2011, 11 a.m.: mass with Chor St. Martin and Orchester St. Martin, "Missa secondi toni" by Johann Ernst Eberlin (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). The composer was a friend of Leopold Mozart and taught young Wolfgang.


30 October 2011, 5 p.m.: organ concert to introduce the last stop of the Mebold organ, Vox humana, in St. Martin Vox celerium


18 September 2011, 5 p.m.: Handel's Messiah, the choral concert of 2011, in continuation of Church Music from England. The counter tenor Andreas Scholl appeared again, as already in the St Matthew Passion of 1998. Katia Plaschka was the soprano, as in 2003 (Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate), 2004 (Christmas Oratorio), 2007 (Membra Jesu nostri), 2008 (Great Mass in C minor) and 2009 (St Matthew Passion). Ulrich Cordes, who was the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion both in St. Martin and 2011 in Dillenburg, sang the tenor part,  Markus Flaig was the bass.


13 June 2011, 10 a.m. Unionskirche Idstein, a Pentecost service of Protestants and Catholics, Chor St. Martin singing Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47, composed by Mozart age 12, Veni Creator Spiritus of Václav Emanuel Horák and Halleluja St. Martin of Graham Waterhouse.


10. April 2011:  The Martinis, chamber choir and youth choir, performed in a concert of Bach's St Matthew Passion in Dillenburg, as already in St. Martin in 2009.


27. February 2011, 10:30 a.m.: Music of Claudio Monteverdi in the service, his Missa in F from the anthology Selva morale e spirituale (1641) and the motet Cantate Domino, with Chor St. Martin and players of the Capella Lignea on cornett, baroque trombones, dulcian and organ.


21 December 2010: In dulci jubilo was the title of a choral concert at 8 p.m. with the Frankfurter Kammerchor, conducted by Wolfgang Schäfer.


12 December 2010: Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the priesthood of Klaus Schmidt, who was the minister of St. Martin for 30 years and is still active in the parish after his retirement in 2005. He is also a bass singer in the church choir Chor St. Martin and a gambist in the ensemble for old music Capella Lignea. The choir, the chamber choir Martinis and the orchestra Orchester St. Martin performed together in the service, Bjanka Ehry and Franz Fink played the organ.


28 November 2010: Ökumenischer Gottesdienst, Protestants and Catholics celebrating the service together, always on the first Sunday in Advent in St. Martin and the second day of Pentecost in the Unionskirche.

13 and 14 November 2010: concerts Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem


6 October 2010: organ concert Kalevi Kiviniemi (Finnland) on the Mebold organ


5 April 2009 and 15 March 1998: Bach St. Matthew Passion