The beginnings of Bach’s composer career 1703–1707

Arnstadt, the oldest town in Thuringia, has very close ties with the Bach musicians family. In Arnstadt alone, 17 “Bachs” were born and eight were married. In the summer of 1703, a new organ was ready to be inaugurated in the Neukirche and the town invited the 18 year-old Johann Sebastian Bach to inspect the instrument.

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Bachkirche Arnstadt

Bachkirche Arnstadt

Gedenktafel an der Bachkirche Arnstadt

Gedenktafel an der Bachkirche Arnstadt

This was his first commission of this kind and the choice of Bach as official expert shows the reputation he had already succeeded in building for himself. His examination of the organ was followed by its official inauguration, at which Bach played on the instrument. This audition must have been convincing, because he was immediately offered the post of organist without any other applicants being considered. He now had an organ at his own disposal for the very first time and this is probably where his career as composer began.

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