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26.02.2012

Bach, Luther and Music

Did you know that Martin Luther was a musician and Bach a Lutheran? This is the secret revealed in the 'Bach, Luther and Music' exhibition, which can be seen at Bach's House in Eisenach from 25 February to 11 November 2012.

Martin Luther, who also studied music, made choral singing a central part of church services, thereby laying the foundation for Bach's later work as a cantor and organist. Luther wrote 38 hymns, almost all of which Bach set to music and used as the basis for his extensive repertoire of religious works. The exhibition illustrates the connections between Bach and Luther through the medium of music at numerous audio stations. It also displays the 'Eisenacher Kantorenbuch', an important source of church music during the Reformation.