Arnstadt - Bach's wild years

1703 - 1707

At the age of 18 years, Johann Sebastian Bach accepted his first post as organist of the New Church in Arnstadt. In Arnstadt, the young Bach not only fell in love with his first wife, Maria Barbara, but it is also known that he had some amorous adventures in the residential city. He arbitrarily extended a holiday for a four-week study trip to Lübeck to over three months. His organ playing also came under criticism. "He changes the key too often, plays dissonant chords and consternates the congregation with unusual sounds."

His records point to other emerging streaks in his youthful and dynamic nature: he accompanied an unknown damsel into the church gallery and had a vehement argument with his chorister, Geyersbach, at the marketplace. In Arnstadt, visitors can experience a young Bach at the beginning of his international career.






Arnstadt - Bach's wild years