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Johann Sebastian Bach in Lübeck

The series about historical places of opera art & culture. Get to know exciting excursion and travel ideas for opera lovers. This time: Johann Sebastian Bach in Lübeck


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Johann Sebastian Bach in Lübeck

Lübeck old city

In November 1705, the 20-year-old Bach went to Lübeck for study purposes. He had been granted leave by his superiors in Arnstadt to speak and hear the famous master.

This experience must have been a tremendous incentive for the young Bach; Buxtehude’s style can be heard in the following organ works. Buxtehude seemed to be taken with the Thuringian, because he offered him the succession for the position. However, there was one condition attached to it, namely the marriage of his now 30-year-old daughter Anna Margreta. However, Bach was already engaged to Maria Barbara and he finally left Lübeck.






Destination St. Mary’s church (Marienkirche)

The Marienkirche in Lübeck is a splendid example of a Gothic church and became the model for 70 churches in the Baltic region. In 1942, a catastrophe occurred during an air raid, the interior of the church was completely burned out, and the famous Totentanz organ, on which probably Bach and Handel had also played, was destroyed. The interior of the church was rebuilt according to the originals, a memorial plaque commemorates Buxtehude, who died in 1707 and was buried in the church.

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