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

The Bach Town Arnstadt

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Arnstadt is not only a Bach town because Johann Sebastian Bach worked here from 1703 until 1707, but more so because the town was the home and workplace of his ancestors. "The Bachs", as the members this family of musicians was known, established themselves from the end of the 16th Century throughout Thuringia and beyond and decisively influenced the musical life of that time.

One can trace back through four generations almost without interruption to see how eleven male Bachs were variously active as tower keeper and house husband, musician’s boy, court musician, organist at various churches, instrumentalist in the Court Chapel, town music director, composer or as instrument maker in the one-time residence town.

With great manual skill they dominated and enriched the musical life of Arnstadt in a period extending for over 100 years. The association between Arnstadt and members of the musician family Bach was established in 1620 when Caspar Bach the Elder moved from Gotha to Arnstadt. It ended in 1739 with the death of Ernst Bach, the last male descendant in Arnstadt.

Prominent Bachs before Johann Sebastian Bach arrived in Arnstadt:

•    Caspar, from 1620, the first of the Bachs in Arnstadt.
•   Heinrich, for 51 years organist at the Oberkirche (Upper Church) and the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), died in 1692 in Arnstadt.
•    Christoph, Johann Sebastian’s grandfather, from 1654 court and town musician, died in 1661 in Arnstadt.
•    Johann Christoph, J. Sebastian’s uncle, from 1671 court and town musician, died in 1693 in Arnstadt.