Johann Sebastian Bach stayed in Weimar twice during his life. In 1703 he worked as a violinist and minion in the private chapel of Duke Johann Ernst for six months. In 1708 he returned for almost ten years as a court organist. The Bachs purchased the house at Markt 16. Their first six children saw the light of day here, including Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philip Emanuel. The Weimar years were creative. He composed almost 30 cantatas, early versions of the “Brandenburg Concertos”, the majority of his organ works and the “Little Organ Book” here. In 1717 he offered his resignation to take on the vacant position of court conductor in the residence town of Köthen. He had already received an advance fee and was thus in double employment. Duke Wilhelm Ernst had him locked up in the bastille for just under four weeks. He was released on 2 December 1717 “with recorded disgrace”.
Whether it is live from St Thomas church or as a recording to re-watch: Our concerts offer Bach in all his variety, with the best performers in historic locations – and always worth to be discovered.
Cantatas and Concertos with La Voce Strumentale from Moscow
Philippe Herreweghe conducts Bach - for a film without words
An intimate chamber music performance in Missouri (USA)