Thuringia is the home of one of the greatest geniuses in European musical history, Johann Sebastian Bach. Many regard his music as heavenly, but his life was not at all like this. At the age of ten, he became a complete orphan, as a young chapel master he was truculent, obstinate and capricious, as a husband and father he was loving and full of zest for life—and yet in the course of his life he had to bury not only his beloved first wife, but also nine of his children. Bach spent 32 years, almost half of his life, in Thuringia, the state in which almost all of his relatives lived.

1685 Birth in Eisenach

1695 Latin student in Ohrdruf

1700 Student in Lüneburg

1703 Footman in Weimar

1703 First organist position in Arnstadt

1707 Organist in Mühlhausen

1707 Marriage in Dornheim

1708 Court organist in Weimar

1717 Director of music in Köthen

1723 Cantor at the St Thomas Church Leipzig

1750 Death in Leipzig