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News 2010: (DE) Renovated and Greatly Expanded Bach Museum

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2010


“This is the city where Johann Sebastian Bach spent his final 27 years and composed many of his major works, including the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Mass in B Minor, the "Art of the Fugue" and nearly 200 cantatas. And this year, amid the predictable Easter-season concert programming, Leipzig marked the composer's 325th birthday with the opening of a renovated and greatly expanded Bach Museum, part of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig. Founded in 1950 (the 200th anniversary of the composer's death), the Archiv is one of the finest Bach research institutes on earth, largely thanks to its important collection of Bach manuscripts. 

The Archiv's old museum dealt exclusively with Bach's relationship to Leipzig. Now, after a costly two-year renovation, the museum unfurls throughout a beautifully restored Renaissance house on Thomaskirchhof Square, opposite St. Thomas Church. (The Old Thomas School, where Bach lived with his family, was demolished in 1902.) ..“

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