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Authentic Places

Many world-famous composers have chosen Thuringia as their place to create. Bach, Schütz, Liszt, Telemann, Pachelbel, Wagner: the list reads like the who's who of classical music greats. A great number of original locations are true places of pilgrimage for classical music fans from all over the world.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach and spent most of his life in Thuringia. Franz Liszt composed some of his most significant works in Weimar, and Richard Wagner was inspired to write his opera Tannhäuser at the Wartburg. Heinrich Schütz and Richard Strauss also left their mark on the region’s musical landscape. There are a many great authentic music venues in Thuringia where you can experience concerts or walk in the footsteps of great composers.

Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Church in Arnstadt

The master organ builder Johann Friedrich Wender built an organ for the New Church in 1703, which was inspected and accepted by the 18-year old Johann Sebastian Bach. Between 1703 and 1707 Bach worked here as an organist. In 1935 the church was renamed to “Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Church” in honour of the musician’s 250th birthday.

Photo: © Elias Wachholz, weimar GmbH

Franz Liszt lived in the building of the former court gardens in Weimar between 1869 and 1886. There, the piano virtuoso devoted himself to the education of international students.

Photo: ©TTG

Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in Bad Köstritz

The birthplace of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) documents the life and work of the first German composer with international significance in a permanent exhibition. The historic building is also a site for concerts, historical performance practice, talks in musical museum round-tables as well as temporary exhibitions.

Photo: unknown, ©Heinrich-Schütz-Haus

Bach connects

The famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach lived in Thuringia most of his life. It is fascinating to follow his traces and experience his music in original locations.

A talk with the director of the Bachhaus

Jörg Hansen has been Managing Director of Bachhaus Eisenach gGmbH since 2005 and a member of the board of directors of the Neue Bachgesellschaft since 2007. He was conferred the title “Director of Bachhaus Eisenach” by the board of the Neue Bachgesellschaft in 2007.

Questions for the cantor of the Bach Church in Arnstadt

Jörg Reddin has been working as a church musician for all churches of the Protestant parish in Arnstadt since 2013 – including the Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Church – and as a cantor for the Arnstadt-Ilmenau church district. Thus, Jörg Reddin is the direct successor of Johann Sebastian Bach, who began his musical career in Arnstadt at the Neue Kirche (today Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Church) as an 18-year-old young man in the summer of 1703.

Sneak peek at Thuringian Bachweeks 2020

A super star: Franz Liszt

Liszt was a real celebrity. He was the first international pianist and women adored him. Originally born in Hungary, he was cosmopolitan, educated and donated part of his income for good courses. And he was religious- didn’t just write piano music, but also great sacral pieces. Franz Liszt mostly went on tour with various grand pianos and a big crucifix.

For the love of great sound

Thuringia and music go hand in hand. But it is not always about Bach and Liszt. Thuringia attracted a lot of great composers. Did you know that Heinrich Schütz and Max Reger were connected to Thuringia?


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Wagner and Tannhäuser

Wagner and Tannhäuser

In 1842 Richard Wagner saw Wartburg Castle for the first time during his journey from Paris through Thuringia and Eisenach. The view inspired him so much, that he chose Wartburg Castle as setting for his opera “Tannhäuser”. more about Richard Wagner