Bach in Eisenach - Bach in Thuringia
Birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach
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.
Concert at Eisenach Bach House, Foto: Robert Elias Wachholz, weimar GmbH
The Bach House in Eisenach, opened by the New Bach Society in 1907, 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, including a Silbermann spinet and the oldest extant Thuringian home organ, dating from 1650. The revamped exhibition from 2007 shows over 300 original objects inside the historic Bach House and its modern annex.
The revamped exhibition from 2007 shows over 300 original objects inside the historic Bach House and its modern annex. The exhibition is enriched by multi-media installations such as the “Walk-In Music Piece”, a 180-degree panorama cinema, in which the visitor stands in the centre of four Bach performances. In the same room, one can become. familiar with the various compositional styles used by Bach and become immersed in the creative process of the musician.
(1) Saint George's Church Eisenach, Foto: Robert Elias Wachholz, weimar GmbH
(2) Eisenach Bach House and Bach monument, Foto: Clemens Bauerfeind, weimar GmbH
(3) Latin School Eisenach, Foto: Clemens Bauerfeind, weimar GmbH