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   Johann Sebastian Bach - Thuringia and Saxony

Travel in the footsteps of the most important German composers of the Baroque era - Johann Sebastian Bach.

Born in 1685 in Eisenach he has spent his childhood and early years in Thuringia. At an age of 32 years he moved via Koethen to Leipzig (Saxony), where he lived until his death in 1750.

                                                                                            

Travel with us to special Classical Music events:

Opera events, choirs performances, symphony concerts with prestigious orchestras and soloists at world-famous concert halls, opera houses, churches and cathedrals in East Germany.

Special annual Music Festivals in Germany:

"Bach in Sanssouci" Potsdam: March and September
"Bach weeks" Thuringia: April
"Music Festival Dresden": May/June
"Bach Festival Leipzig": June
"Music Festival Potsdam": June
"Castle Moritzburg Festival": August
"Advent Concert at the Church of Our Lady Dresden: Nov/Dec

Please contact us for more information.

We plan your group tour together with you for a perfect and unique tailor-made trip according to your preferences and wishes. Here we only introduce the Bach highlights briefly:

* Ancestral home Wechmar, Thuringia (oldest original living and working place of the Bach family in the world going back to 1590) with a museum of Thuringian instrument makers. 

* Birthplace and J.S. Bach's home town from 1685 to 1695 Eisenach, Thuringia (In 1693, J.S. Bach attended the Latin school at the Domanicin monastery Eisenach) with J.S. Bach's birth house and the Bach museum.

* Small town Ohrdruf, Thuringia (In 1995/96, J.S. Bach had to move to his oldest brother's place, who worked as an organist in Ohrdruf and was J.S. Bach's first music teacher)

* Bach town & Bach church Arnstadt, Thuringia (Members of the Bach family lived here from 1620 to 1792 - almost all of them were great musicians of high renown in Thuringia. In 1703, J.S. Bach took his very first position as the organist in the church "Neue Kirche" - today called "Bachkirche Arnstadt".

* Wedding church and historic organ in Dornheim (On Oct 17th, 1707, J.S. Bach married his first wife Maria Barbara Bach).

* Classic Weimar (UNESCO world heritage site), Thuringia (From 1708 to 1717, J.S. Bach worked as the court organist and concert master at the ducal court in Weimar. This position marked the start of a sustained period of composing keyboard and orchestral works. The largest single body of his fugal writing "Das wohl temperierte Clavier" - "The well-tempered keyboard" - was composed in his Weimar time. Here he also started "The little organ book" for his oldest son containing traditional Lutheran chorales.)

* Leipzig, Saxony (In 1723, Bach was appointed Cantor of Thomasschule, adjacent to the Thomaskirche - St. Thomas’s Lutheran Church - in Leipzig, as well as Director of Music in the principal churches in the town. He instructed the students of the prestigious Thomasschule in singing, and to provide weekly music at the two main churches in Leipzig, St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas's. As the Director of the Collegium Musicum he broadened his compostions from cantatas and church music in the 1720's beyond the lithurgy. Famous works such as the "Klavier-Uebung", the Kyrie and Gloria of the "Mass in B Minor" and many of the violin and harpsichord concertos were created in Leipzig. He also composed many cantatas for several princely houses and open-air festivities's music. Today his grave is located in the Thomaskirche Leipzig.)


We take you to the original places of J.S. Bach's life and work. We set-up encounters with German friends of Bach music in Thuringia and Saxony. We know where and when you can enjoy excellent choir or organ performances and classic concerts at original historic churches and other authentic castles and fortresses. As an example - every year in spring time (usually in March) the "Bach Festival Arnstadt" takes place with all kind of events from organ concerts over church services to musical brunches. We bring you together with passionate locals who know (almost) everything about J.S. Bach. If you play the organ yourself we can arrange for you to play the historic organ in J.S. Bach's Wedding church.

Along your journey in the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach you will also discover the beauty of the thuringian and saxon landscape as well as the countless sights of German culture, history, art, handcraft, tradition, cuisine and modern livestyle.
Check out our Theme Tours. Here only a few highlights:
 
Thuringia: Capital and historic city Erfurt, UNESCO world heritage site Luther Fortress "Wartburg" Eisenach, historic town Gotha, Transromanica route with fascinating Romanesque buildings, castle Wachsenburg, castle Landsberg, Monastery ruin Paulinzella, Monastery Vessra, historic town Saalfeld ...

Saxony: Dresden and river Elbe valley, Meissen, winery  Wackersbarth, Erzgebirge mountain region, toy maker village Seiffen with woodcraft, castle Moritzburg, fortress Koenigstein, fortress Bastei, Dessau, Park Woerlitz ...

Your trip will be completed by the hands-on experience of living handcraft tradition: porcelain manufacture, Thuringian mustard mill, bread-baking handcraft, microbreweries, Saxon wineries, chocolate manufacture and much more. You will enjoy the delicious, authentic and world-famous cuisine of Thuringia and Saxony.

                                                                                                

For further information and tour arrangements contact us.

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