In the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach through Central Germany

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) is considered one of the most famous composers in the world. Born in Eisenach in Thuringia, his life took him through all of central Germany, where today modern Bach museums are located in historic sites with established permanent and special exhibitions. Get to know the authentic life and effect stations of Johann Sebastian Bach in Central Germany, listen to his music on original baroque instruments, learn interesting facts about his personality and the origins of his compositional work, whose roots can be found in Luther’s theology. You can expect exciting insights, emotional moments, profound insights and funny anecdotes.

BACH’S ANCESTRAL HOME WECHMAR (Thuringia)

Hungarian baker Veit Bach took up residence in Wechmar in the 16th century. He is considered the progenitor of the widely ramified Bach family.

Bookable group offers:

  • viewing of Bach ancestral house with museum of Thuringian players and instrument makers
  • on the track of the founding fathers through Wechmar: Bach ancestral house, Veit Bach mill, Studnitz manor house, St. Viti church, boys’ and girls’ school
  • chance to drink coffee at the Veit Bach mill

EISENACH (Thuringia) 1685 – 1695

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach on 21st March 1685. Members of the Bach family performed as organists of St. George’s Church in Eisenach (the church where Bach was baptised) over a period of 132 years. The largest Bach museum in the world is in Eisenach – opened in 1907, splendidly renovated in 2007 and with a new extension with an outstanding permanent exhibition of Bach’s life and works.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour “I had to be diligent” – Bach’s childhood in Eisenach
  • Theme city tour “Bach as a Lutheran”

  • Bach house visit with historical keyboard instrument recital
  • special guided tour of Bach house with historical keyboard instrument recital
  • historical serenade as exclusive concert with special guided tour and sparkling wine reception in Bach house
  • viewing of church where Bach was baptised

OHRDRUF (Thuringia) 1695 – 1700

In 1695, as an orphan, Johann Sebastian Bach was taken in by the family of his eldest brother Johann Christoph Bach in Ohrdruf. Here he attended the lyceum and received organ lessons. From 1690 to 1713 Bach family members held the post of organist at St. Michael’s Church.

Bookable group offers:

  • guided tour of town and museum from St. Michael’s Church via the market to Ohrdruf’s Ehrenstein Castle

ARNSTADT (Thuringia) 1703 – 1707

At the age of 18 Bach found his first engagement as an organist at Arnstadt’s New Church. Here Bach fell in love, came to blows with his students and tested his limits…

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour “The young Bach”
  • guided tour in the Bach house
  • guided tour in the Bach Church
  • guided tour of Bach exhibition in castle museum

MÜHLHAUSEN (Thuringia) 1707 – 1708

Bach served as organist for a year at the Divi Blasii Church in Mühlhausen. In this town he composed the cantata for the inauguration of the new council “Gott ist mein König”.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour to Bach sites in Mühlhausen
  • guided tour of Divi Blasii Church with organ recital

DORNHEIM (Thuringia) 1707

Three kilometres from Arnstadt lies the St. Bartholomew Church, in which Johann Sebastian Bach married his second cousin, Maria Barbara Bach, on 17th October 1707.

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  • guided tour through Johann Sebastian Bach’s matrimonial church

WEIMAR (Thuringia) 1708 – 1717

Bach’s appointment as organist at the ducal court in Weimar marked the start of a highly productive period for him. From 1714 Bach became concertmaster at the court with the responsibility of regularly composing cantatas. Bach’s sons Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, who themselves became famous composers, were born in Weimar.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour “Scenes of music”

  • Guided tour of the Anna Amalia Library
  • Guided tour in the Herder church with Cranach altar

ERFURT (Thuringia) 1716

The musical life of Erfurt was decisively determined by members of the Bach family in the 17th century, several of whom were directors of the Erfurt Council Chapel or Spielmann. In the Kaufmann’s church Erfurt 61 children of the Bach family were baptized and 12 couples married, including the parents of Johann Sebastian Bach. In Erfurt lived most of the members of the extensive family of musicians, which combined a close professional network. The words “Bach” and “musician” were almost synonymous in language usage. Johann Sebastian Bach tested the organ of the Augustinian church in 1716 and is said to have often stayed in the city for regular family reunions.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme City Tour “On Bach’s ways through the City”

  • Exclusive Organ Concert in the Preacher church

  • Guided tour in the Augustinian church with a monastery

KÖTHEN (Saxony-Anhalt ) 1717 – 1723

Bach served for six years as the princely Anhalt-Köthen court director of music (Kapellmeister) under the regency of Prince Leopold. Numerous instrumental works were composed in Köthen, e.g. the Brandenburg Concertos, the Well-Tempered Clavier and the first Little Clavier Book for Anna Magdalena Bach. Bach’s first wife Maria Barbara died in 1720. In 1721 he married court singer Anna Magdalena Wilcke in Köthen.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour in Bach’s footsteps
  • Guided tour in the Bach memorial in the castle

LEIPZIG (Saxony) 1723 – 1750

In his last 27 years Bach works in Leipzig, first as cantor of the Thomas church and from 1729 as head of the Collegium Musicum. Most of the cantatas, the “Art of the Fugue” and the Mass in B minor were composed in Leipzig. His Passions and the Christmas Oratorio were premiered here. In the Thomas church is Bach’s grave. His musical heritage is intensively cultivated in Leipzig: in the Bach Archive with research institute and scientific library, in the Bach Museum as well as at the annual Bach Festival and international Bach competitions.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour on the Leipzig Music Trail
  • guided tour of Bach Museum
  • guided tour of the Church of St. Thomas
  • keyboard instrument recital in baroque Summer Hall
  • concert in baroque Summer Hall

  • Motet with the St. Thomas choir Fridays 6 pm and Saturdays 3 pm
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