Kulturbetrieb Arnstadt

Permanent Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition

With the exhibition "BACH IN ARNSTADT" in the Palace
Multimedia theater

Multimedia theater

The multimedia theater shows a 12-minute film about
Showrooms

Showrooms

The premises of the exhibition show paintings of the
Bach guided tours

Bach guided tours

In the Steps of J.S. BachDid you know there are no
Organ console

Organ console

The highlight of the exhibition is the organ console
Historical details

Historical details

Take a look at unique features such as the rounded
Permanent Exhibition With the exhibition "BACH IN ARNSTADT" in the Palace Museum (Schlossmuseum) Arnstadt, the former Palace of Countess Elisabeth Albertine and her husband Count Günther I of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, i Mehr
Multimedia theater The multimedia theater shows a 12-minute film about Johann Sebastian Bach's first employment as an organist at the New Church in Arnstadt.    The current church music director Gottfried Preller pla Mehr
Showrooms The premises of the exhibition show paintings of the Count and later Prince Anton Günther II of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt who ruled from 1681-1716, his wife Auguste Dorothea and other personalities from t Mehr
Bach guided tours In the Steps of J.S. BachDid you know there are no less than 19 different sites in Arnstadt, where the Bach family of musicians lived and worked? Arnstadt still has today more original locations to of Mehr
Organ console The highlight of the exhibition is the organ console which Bach tested and played on since 1703 at the New Church in Arnstadt. In 1699 the construction of a new organ had been contracted and in 1701 c Mehr
Historical details Take a look at unique features such as the rounded ivory keys or the tablature record of the Fantasia in C minor. In 1983 this manuscript was compared with a salary receipt that Johann Sebastian Bach Mehr

Bachs Arnstadt works

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The dating of the early Bach works is still uncertain. Bach’s musical origins were in keyboard music. From his early productive years only keyboard compositions have been passed down, which can certainly be explained by his good knowledge of organ building and playing. His Prelude and Fugue in G-minor, BWV 535 and Fantasy in C-minor, BWV 1121 definitely date from his Arnstadt period.

A huge number of works have been said by musicologists to stem with high probability from the Arnstadt years. Many of Bach’s choral adaptations derive from his church organist duties in Arnstadt, e.g. “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”, BWV 739.

In the exhibition visitors can experience Bach’s works at a listening station and see short films about his life. An organ computer gives insights into the interior and functioning mechanisms of the “King of Instruments”.