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Hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir live

Friday and Saturday in St. Thomas Church

Bach and Luther

Cabinet exhibition in the Bach Museum Leipzig, Bach Museum Leipzig
08.09.2017 to 28.01.2018

J. S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 62, 1724 ( Photo: St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig / Bach Archive Leipzig)
J. S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 62, 1724 ( Photo: St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig / Bach Archive Leipzig)
Luther's writings and the hymns collected in his songbook provided an important basis for the accomplishments of Johann Sebastian Bach. His library contained two multi-volume editions of Luther's works. In addition, there were also single volumes, for example Luther's after-dinner speeches and the Hauspostille ('house postil'). Bach's deep connection with Lutheran tradition can clearly be felt in his comprehensive cantata work, as well as his organ chorales. These creative areas stand out for the exquisite artistic level of their settings, and the profound theological depth and editing of the lyrics. Today, Bach's vivid interpretation of the chorale texts touches not only those close to the church, but also listeners who are unchurched or who come from different cultural circles. Precious handwritten notes, first editions, books and documents shed light on the Protestant cantorate of St. Thomas and reveal how significant Luther's accomplishments were to the composer J.S. Bach. The most valuable exhibition pieces include Bach's musical score and parts from the famous church cantata “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" (O Eternity, You Word of Thunder). Another particularly striking exhibit is a Luther Bible, richly decorated with copper plating, whose handwritten owner's inscription denotes that it belonged to Bach himself.

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Bach Museum Leipzig
Thomaskirchhof 15/16
04109 Leipzig

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Event location:

Bach Museum Leipzig
Thomaskirchhof 15/16
04109 Leipzig