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How many Bach towns are there now? And how many Bach towns? And what exactly is a Bach Town or a Bach Town? And why does this page begin so terribly awkwardly?
Because it's not that simple. When you first get to know Mozart, you associate him with Salzburg, Beethoven with Bonn and Wagner with Bayreuth. With Bach it's different. Many associates the composer with Eisenach, where he was born about 330 years ago. And of course many do the same with Leipzig, where he lived and worked for by far the longest time of his life. But there are 7 other Bach cities and Bach places that can be associated with his name. But - let's be clear about this here - it's not that simple. Because no matter how you list it: it always remains a little complicated. And so you can start with the fact that ten and not nine places play a role in his life. And if you want to examine it in terms of "bending and breaking", then you can - in the broadest sense - define 33 Bach cities and Bach places. If one also leaves aside the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach is "only" the figure of light within the largest family of musicians in the world, this would ultimately result in further Bach towns and Bach places. Namely, those who have nothing to do with Johann Sebastian himself, but with the other Bachs, such as Milan and London. We don't want to go that far. Why Erfurt is the city of Bach at all and yet has less to do with Johann Sebastian Bach, and why Andisleben is completely uninteresting for every Bach fan, but not for a few Bachs from America: you can find out on this page about the Bach cities and Bach places in Germany.
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One theme, four variations. How would you like to experience the Bach towns and places? Here on this page? First, an explanation of the theme "9 + 1". Wechmar is of enormous importance for the history of Johann Sebastian Bach, although he has never been there. Because when you hear or read about the life of the most important and outstanding musician in the world's most important and also largest family of musicians, then the beginnings simply belong to it. And these beginnings can be found in Wechmar. Wechmar is a tiny community in the neighborhood of the Bach town of Gotha.
Bach towns and Bach places in four variations, that's what I promised you. First of all, this is a small selection of a few pictures of each of these Bach towns or of each of these Bach towns. As an alternative, there is a three-minute short video: round 15 - 25 pictures and one of Bach's musical works. This means that you hear a different piece of music from the master for each of the Bach towns and Bach locations, and you see one pretty motif after the other at intervals of about 10 seconds. If you can't get your head around this form of presentation, the Alternative No. 3 may be the perfect choice for you: There is also another type of video about each of the Bach towns and cities. With spoken text, pictures, graphics, music pieces by Johann Sebastian - but also with current music - and in these videos there is not only information about Bach, but more about the Bach city or the Bach place. Film sequences and small graphics parts replace each other. Finally, as the fourth offer, I offer you here "good old reading material". These are a few lines in which you can simply read at your leisure what was important for Johann Sebastian Bach in this and that place. Without "annoying pictures", without "noise" and of course without any "commentary".
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Pictures of the Bach towns and places: Wechmar. This is where the history of the musical family begins around 1600. The Veit Bach mill there has been lovingly restored. But it was almost torn down. By the way ... and this applies to all pictures about Bach towns and Bach places: There are dozens of more photos than here on this page. Just click on the link and experience all these Bach towns and places in detail: just click on "Bach on Bach".
Wechmar is the oldest of the ten Bach towns and places in the history of Bach. According to an ancient document, Veit Bach was the first of the family of musicians to play a musical instrument. Here you can see the former bakery ... Today it is the Bach parent house.
The Saint Viti Church. In Wechmar. After the patron saint of the community and the church Veit Bach is probably named.
Johann Sebastian Bach is born in the Bach city of Eisenach. High above the town is the Wartburg, which you connect with Martin Luther worldwide.
The middle of the Bach city of Eisenach: In the picture, you see the city hall, with the tower. On the left is the town palace (... which you almost do not see in the picture), in which the father of Johann Sebastian Bach was town musician and made music.
One of the most exciting places in the Bach town of Eisenach: the Frauenplan. Three Bach highlights await the Johann Sebastian Bach fan: the Bach House, where Johann Sebastian Bach lived for almost 10 years but was not born, can be seen on the left, the second most famous Bach monument is on the right in front of the group of trees, and the most impressive and most recent offer ... the Bach Museum.
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Bach had to move to Ohrdruf, the second of the "real" Bach cities. To his oldest brother, after h lost - in the age of 10 years - first his mother and later his father, too. A dream in Ohrdurf is the city hall of the Bach city, here in the picture.
The Bach town of Ohrdruf offers even two Bach monuments. Measured by the density of inhabitants, this is the record among the Bach towns and Bach places. Not even Leipzig can accomplish such a result. In addition, two of the great composers are immortalized here on the Bach monument. It is the tribute that Beethoven paid to Bach: "Not "Bach", but "Sea" should be his name". By the way, there are 150 quotes about Johann Sebastian Bach ... Beethoven's about him is the most famous. For our US citizens here is some help: "Bach" in English is a "creek".
The Bach City of Ohrdruf: It burnt terribly here – how weird that might sound – thank Goodness after my photo session. However: It's bad enough.
The Bach City of Lüneburg: In the picture, you see the gorgeous city hall. The only thing that is missing all over the city is a memorial for the master from Thuringia. However ... maybe that changes someday in the future.
The Bach city of Lüneburg with a second pic: "On the sand" is the name of the gorgeous square. Plus, the better the weather, the better the photos.
The Bach city of Lüneburg: With this photo and the two above you meanwhile have a small summary, how nice this Bach city actually is.
The Bach city of Arnstadt: our favorite Bach city. In Arnstadt Bach still was a lummox. Bach extended his vacation on his own authority, Bach got into a fight with his choir students and Bach let – back then a no-no – a woman perform in the church.
The Bach city of Arnstadt: Look at the photo, it is exactly the perspective, that Bach has from his foundation, on which he lolls about. Like a young person, in his first exciting job. Because the one before wasn't exciting.
Actually there are Bach cities without a single Bach monument: not in Arnstadt. In the picture above Bach lolls about and the way he lolls about is how he behaved back then in Arnstadt. That is to say loose, cool, hip.
The Bach city of Mühlhausen: Between the decision, to hire Bach and the begin of his work the whole town almost burnt down. The city council almost did not underwrite the agreed contract.
The Bach city of Mühlhausen a second time: A gigantic Lords's house. Small and tiny is the monument, that honors Bach. A colossal contrast is accomplished. However, Bach is not that small, that you don't recognize him on the photo ... he is located on the other side of the church.
One of the two Bach cites with the youngest Bach monuments is Mühlhausen: Bach is located directly next to the Divi Blasii Church, next to the foundation, as if he does not belong there yet.
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The Bach place of Dornheim: Exactly in the time, when Bach was cantor in the church in the picture above in Mühlhausen, he married in the tiny church in Dornheim, a small village right at the doorstep of Arnstadt. Dornheim is by far the smallest Bach place.
The Bach monument in one of the two smallest Bach places: Dornheim.
The Bach place of Dornheim: Yup, that is how you can see him enlarged, our Johann Sebastian. In Dornheim.
The Bach city of Weimar: Those two guys above are Goethe and Schiller. They are so important, that they are better hid Bach somewhere. However, boy scouts do find him. Maybe ... one day they pay the due respect and after that, there will be a Bachhaus in Weimar.
The Bach city of Weimar ... the City Palace. So, Bach is located very close to this place. And if somebody knows, where his monument is, it's much, much easier to find. Because obviously ... it's not really.
Impressing? Maybe impressing on the photo. Nowhere – in none of the Bach cities – is the discrepancy between the meaning of the musician and the length of his stay there in the in proportion to the appreciation is so gigantic, like in the cultural metropolis of Weimar. It's a pity. Actually.
The Bach city of Köthen: a dream city honors a dream musician.
The Bach city of Köthen for the second time: It's a dream for photographers. And Bach would have loved to spend his whole life in this city. It's what he stated back then.
The Bach trilogy in Köthen: The Bach square, the Bach monument and in the background the second Bachhaus. It's the one with the "Don't even think about stopping here sign". The first Bachhaus ... does not exist anymore.
The Bach city of Leipzig: Felix has donated this Bach monument. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, he himself was a great composer and musician. Today it's located 20 steps away from the New Bach Monument.
The Bach city of Leipzig, again: The St. Thomas Church. Left of it is the St. Thomas Square, behind it the St. Thomas shop, on it the New Bach Monument, on the left the Bach Archive and behind both, 20 steps further, the Old Bach Monument.
The Bach city of Leipzig: Well, this is surely the most famous Bach monument and even a little more famous than the one in Eisenach. It's impressing. You feel little in front of it, in front of the Thomas Cantor, the band leaser, the Royal Polish and Elected Saxon Court Composer.
Video 1 matching the chapter Bach cities and Bach places: Wechmar. You listen to "Air" from the Overture in D Major, BWV (... which is Bach Works Directory 1068 of Johann Sebastian Bach - and you see the most beautiful photo motives of this Bach place.
Video 2 matching the chapter Bach cities and Bach place. Eisenach. You listen to the Concert No. 2 of the Brandenburg Concerts, BWV 1047 of Johann Sebastian Bach and you will discover the most beautiful photos of this Bach city, which you can photograph in Eisenach.
The third video regarding the chapter Bach cities and Bach places: Ohrdruf. You listen to the orchestra suite No. 2 in h minor, No. 1067 in the BWV of Johann Sebastian Bach .. and you will see the most beautiful photos which this Bach city offers.
Video No. 4 regarding the Bach cities and Bach places page on this website. You listen to "How glad that I have Jesum", BWV 147, of Johann Sebastian Bach ... and again you get the most beautiful photos of this Bach city Lüneburg.
The Bach city of Arnstadt in the next video. You listen to the Overture No.2 in h minor, BWV 1067. Dreamlike photos of that beautiful, and our favorite, Bach city.
Video No. 6 fitting the chapter Bach cities and Bach places: Mühlhausen. You listen to the "Musical Sacrifice", BWV, which is Bach Works Directory, of Johann Sebastian Bach ... and you will experience the town in real beautiful photographs. The most Western Bach city in Thuringia.
Video Number 7 in this chapter. It's about the Bach cities and the Bach places. Listen to the French Suites, Suite No. 5, BWV 816 of Johann Sebastian Bach ... and it's really not that easy to take these many photos in such a small village like Dornheim is.
Video Number 8 on the Bach cities and Bach places page on the Bach biography website. Listen to the world famous Toccata in D minor, BWV 5656 of Johann Sebastian Bach ... and experience the city with a audio-visional trip.
Meet the Bach city of all Bach cities, in which Johann Sebastian Bach would have liked to spend the rest of his life with his family. Listen to the music work "Peasants Cantata", which is the BWV works 212. Please enjoy the most beautiful motives of this unique Bach city.
Final* and tenth video - it's number 10 - matching the chapter Bach cities and Bach places. Listen to the vilin concert number 2 in F Major, which is BWV works number 1042 from Johann Sebastian Bach. Enjoy all the photos, which my husband took, but these are by far not all beautiful sights you can photograph in this Bach city and musical metropolis. * = "Final" means final video with music and no narrated text.
Video 11 regarding the chapter Bach places and Bach cities, however, now with narrated text, film, stills, and music of both Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary musicians.
Video No. 12 on the Bach cities and Bach places page: Eisenach in Thuringia. Here you will find a real short informative show with narrated text and photos, film and music from both J.S. Bach and from musicians of our century.
Video 13 regarding the subject of Bach cities, Bach places, Bach locations and Bach monuments. It's a little informative show. Most important: It is short. Next important detail: You get a compact information, what to do there and which role the city played for Johann Sebastian Bach lovers.
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Video No. 16 coming with the information about the Bach cities and Bach places in Germany. There are little presentations, all are between 3 and 6 minutes long and they entertain with text and music, film and photos.
Bach cities and Bach places Video No. 17. A combination of both film and photos and narrated text and music. Enjoy.
The Bach cities and Bach places video 18 presents the third real Bach town in Thuringia. With text and music, film and photos.
Video 19 coming with the chapter about Bach cities and Bach places. A miniature portrait presents this small town, in which Bach wanted to happy for the rest of his life.
Video 20 coming with the chapter Bach cities and Bach places: Leipzig. Here you will find a real small and short show about this town. With film and photos, with text and with music from Bach, and with contemporary music, too.
On the left is a Bach calendar with 24 portraits of composer, with traditional ones and with cool and stylish paintings. On the right side is the small Bach figure, that comes with two free Bach gifts.
Wechmar, the second smallest of the Bach places. Here you will find some reading.
Eisenach, the first of the "Real" Bach cities: Here you will get more information.
Ohrdruf, the second of the "real" Bach cities. More information?
Only one of the "real" Bach cities has no Bach monument: Lüneburg. Are you in the mood to learn something about Lüneburg?
The first of the Bach cities, in which the composer had a "real job". Because making a little music before in Weimar and that was only for have year ... that actually doesn't count. Your way to more information.
Mühlhausen, the only one of the Bach cities, in which an enormous fire burnt down 400 houses including countless stables. That is why Mühlhausen almost became no Bach city at all. Here is your way to learn more.
Dornheim, the smallest of all Bach places. The distance to the Bach city of Arnstadt is only three kilometers. Are interested in more to read?
The third of the Bach cities: Weimar. Above the horse - by the way - you see the remaining wall of Bach's home in Weimar. Und to the right of the cartridge, they hided Bach. So? Are we exaggerating? Between the two tree trunks you may find him. Alternatively, you zoom into the picture and enlarge it much. Are you interested in reading more about Weimar now?
Köthen is the first of the two important Bach cities outside of Thuringia. Are you interested to read something about Köthen now?
Leipzig is the Bach city of all Bach cities. You may read a little more about Leipzig here.
You may think, what is it? What is an encore on a homepage? And anyway: How can you list all Bach cities and Bach places on the one hand ... and then come along with another Bach town or city?
But ... that works. Because there are not only nine or ten such Bach towns or Bach places. There are 33. An outcry now certainly goes through the entire community of serious Bach researchers, Bach scientists and Bach authors. What is meant?
It is about all cities and communities that can even remotely be associated with Johann Sebastian Bach or the Bach family. In other words, around Bach towns and Bach places where the master at least once played a concert, or - as in Berlin - ordered an instrument and later picked it up. Then there are the Bach towns and cities, which now had nothing to do with Johann Sebastian Bach himself, but with the Bache family of musicians. Erfurt is such a city. Bach researcher Helga Brück lived in Erfurt and spent three days a week in the city archives there until shortly before her death. She also found the decisive indication that my husband belonged to the Bindersleben Bach family. And that's why this little video about this Bach city of Bach towns simply has to go here to this section.
Next video below is a pure music video about Bach cities and Bach places: it is a film and image collage of the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, to which Gerhard Kaune, who lives in Berlin, contributed the images and the film material. The few photos and film sequences of us are only realized by me. Without any effort Gerhard could have shot or filmed these sequences, because without his help we might never have been able to get there. Thank you, dear Gerhard.
And thirdly, you "must" have a look at Dresden in our music video. What a Bach city. And if there is a third category of Bach cities and Bach places at all, then Dresden is definitely at the forefront. One of the most memorable music competitions of all time took place in Dresden - and Johann Sebastian Bach won it "with flying flags".
So here it is, the encore to the chapter Bach Cities and Bach Places with the videos about Erfurt, Dresden and Berlin. Have fun watching. Have fun listening, too.
Bach towns and Bach places are communities for us - mainly in Thuringia - even if they are of special importance for Bach genealogy. And of special importance means that not every city becomes a Bach city in which "some" Bach once played music. But if the church records of Erfurt list no less than 60 entries for the members of the family of musicians - then Erfurt is without question one of the most important Bach cities. And why Gräfenroda is one of the very special Bach towns, although this small "nest" had almost nothing to do with Johann Sebastian Bach, remains a secret for you - and here and now - which you - on the many homepages - have to look for yourself. But you will certainly find it.
The bonus. In the chapter on Bach cities and Bach places. Three videos, that is two music videos and a small show we would like to offer you here as additional exciting information. One is the little show about the Bach City of the Basket Cities, Erfurt. No Bachstadt lists more members of the most famous family of musicians. And Erfurt is also the hometown of the most amiable of all Bach researchers. It is Frau Brück, with whom we had such cordial contact for two years, until she unfortunately died much too early in summer 2013.
Bach cities and Bach places: Erfurt. Johann Sebastian Bach was, however, probably only for a private visit to this Bach city on the Gera.
Bach towns and Bach places, the encore in the chapter: Berlin. Berlin was the seat of the "Old Fritz" and he ordered Bach for a visit. Berlin is also a Bach city because Bach ordered an instrument here during the Köthen period. Nevertheless, Berlin is "only" a Bach city in the third category - so to speak.
Bach cities and Bach places, the encore in the chapter: Dresden. How good that the music competition with the Frenchman Marchand took place here because without this event Dresden would not be so crystal clear as a Bach city. A Bach city within the category 3 of course. You can find out more about all 33 Bach cities and places here if you can't get enough of them at all.
Oh, and by the way, yes I know – the Ave Maria is only half by Johann Sebastian Bach – the rest is from Gounod. And when it is also sung, it needs Schubert for the text and the singer has to be added. One work – four special artists – how cool that is!
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