Johann Sebastian Bach’s parents, Johann Ambrosius Bach and Elisabeth Lämmerhirt, came from Erfurt to Eisenach in 1671, when his father was hired by Johann Georg von Saxony-Eisenach as a Stadtmusikus (city musician). Johann Sebastian Bach was born into this musical environment on 21st March 1685. Two days after his birth, he was baptised in St. George’s Church.
Later, Bach attended the same Latin school to which Martin Luther had gone, and very probably sang there in the “chorus musicus” that was responsible for the musical accompaniment of worship services. In 1694, his mother died, and nine months later, his father followed her. Thus, Johann Sebastian Bach, the youngest son of the family, was Sebastian Bach orphaned at the age of ten.
But just as Ambrosius Bach had been taken into the large Bach family, Johann Sebastian experienced the strong family bonds. His older brother Johann Christoph, 14 years his senior, took im into his family in Ohrdruf and became his legal guardian.
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Eisenach Bach House
The Bach House is one of Germany’s most popular music museums and shows the largest exhibition on Bach’s life and music. Five baroque music instruments from the extensive collection are demonstrated to visitors every hour during a short live concert. The exhibition shows over 300 original objects inside the historic Bach House and its modern annex.
Bach Monument Eisenach
The Bach statue in front of the Bach House was the second monument für Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first to show the composer figuratively in the form of a full statue. It was sculpted by Adolf von Donndorf and cast by Hermann Heinrich Howaldt.
Saint George's Church
Not only did members of the Bach family serve here as organists for over 100 years, but also Johann Sebastian Bach was baptised here. The history of Saint George’s Church is also closely entwined with Luther, who preached here in 1521 on his way home from the Diet of Worms.
Listen to the young Bach's music in authentic places. Here you can find a stylised organ, on which you can push the pedal and play Bach's compositions. It also offers the most important information about his life there.
Module 1: Eisenach Bach House
Module 2: Saint George's Church
Module 3: Latin school
The former Latin school dating from the 16th century now houses the Martin Luther Gymnasium (College Preparatory School). A plaque commemorates the fact that Johann Sebastian attended this school. Nearby, the “Old Mint” still stands, where coins were made and the Eisenach organist Johann Christoph Bach resided.
At the Old Cemetery, the graves of the Eisenach Bach family members can be found.