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Bachcountry Thuringia

The state of Thuringia forms an ideal backdrop to the festival because of the unique role it played in the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Thuringia is home to a wealth of authentic Bach sites, including the Bachhaus and Bach’s baptismal church in Eisenach, the church in Dornheim where he was married, Mühlhausen, Arnstadt and Weimar where he composed much of his early work, as well as his ancestral houses in Erfurt and Wechmar. These impressive settings provide a stage and an historical context for a series of ambitious concerts and events, which make up the programme of this festival. Join us and discover the traces of the great composer in Thuringia.

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Bachland-Tour Arnstadt

Bach and Arnstadt, that is a great passion. The young composer arrived in the town in the summer of 1703 at the age of 18 to start his first post as organist. He must have left behind a great impression when four weeks before he made his first visit […]

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Bach’s early mastery

The 22 year-old Bach held his second post as organist in Mühlhausen at the Divi-Blasii-Kirche. This was the start of a very fruitful year. He wrote the cantata “Gott ist mein König” (BWV 71), which was premiered on 4th February 1708 in front […]

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