Gotha – The Thuringian Residence

One of the principal sights of Gotha is Schloss Friedenstein, Germany’s largest early Baroque palace, which was built between 1646 and 1654. Figures such as Voltaire, Goethe and Luther spent time in the town, as well as the composer Spohr and Ekhof, the father of German acting. In 1775, Ekhof established the first German court theatre with a ermanent in Gotha. It is now considered the world’s oldest preserved Baroque theatre with historic stage workings.

Schloss Friedenstein Gotha | © Roland Wehking

Schloss Friedenstein Gotha | © Roland Wehking

Schloss Friedenstein Gotha | © Roland Wehking

Schloss Friedenstein Gotha | © Roland Wehking

From 1711, Bach was a well-regarded musician and organist at Gotha’s ducal court. In 1717, he conducted one of his own works, a Passion, at the court. Bach kept close personal relations to Gotha through Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. In 1747, Stölzel bought a copy of Bach’s ‘The Musical Offering’ for Gotha’s court chapel. A remarkable purchase that proves that contemporary music was played at the court.

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