Kulturbetrieb Arnstadt

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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 Royal Residence Town Arnstadt

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When Johann Sebastian Bach came to Arnstadt in Summer 1703, no-one knew how long he would stay, but he was welcomed and found ideal starting conditions, which had a lasting beneficial effect on his professional and private life.

Johann Sebastian lived at the centre of a ramified and old-established Bach family and its relations. In Arnstadt Bach received his first position as organist; here he had the chance to develop his musical talents and to perfect them, and in Arnstadt he experienced his first love. At last the reigning count and later prince Anton Günther II had a Bach once again, which he had yearned for since 1693, when the town and court musician Johann Christoph Bach died.

In 1700 the town experienced a political, economic and spiritual-cultural renaissance. Following the absolutist trend, many Thuringian principalities imitated the pomp of leading European courts. The music and theatre culture blossomed.

Arnstadt was the residence of Prince Anton Günther II. He ruled Schwarzburg-Arnstadt from 1681 until 1716 and brought the administration, the guilds, the health system and the police under his comital control. The sciences and the arts were cultivated at the highest level. With his particular fondness for music he promoted the entire cultural life in the 3,800-inhabitant town. As a passionate collector the Count possessed an extensive coin collection, an art gallery and a library.

Prominent scientists and artists now worked in Arnstadt, for instance, the Numismatician Andreas Morelli and Christian Schlegel, the historian Johann Christoph Olearius and the consistorial secretary Salomo Franck. In 1683, Anton Günther II summoned the chapel master Adam Drese from Jena to take charge of his court chapel, which heralded a new zenith for Arnstadt’s court music.  When Paul Gleitsmann took over the court chapel in 1701, he found a substantial and outstanding orchestra, adequately manned with 22 musicians.

 


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