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Guide to Bach Tour
Organs in Places associated with Bach

Place

Region

Church

Organ [main specs]

Bach Connection

Altenburg

Thuringia

Schloßkirche

Trost Organ (1739) [new: 38, II, P]

Organ examination & recital 1739

Ammern

Thuringia

St. Vitus Kirche

Wender Organ [new: 13, I, P]

Organ examination 1708/1712

Arnstadt

Thuringia

Bach-Kirche

Wender Organ (1703/1999) [new: 23, II, P]

Organ examination 1703: Bach Report
Organist 1703-1709

Arnstadt

Thuringia

Bach-Kirche

Steinmeyer Organ (1913/1999)

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Arnstadt

Thuringia

Neue Kirche (today Bachkirche)

Wender Organ (Entwurf 1699)

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Bad Berka/Ilm

Thuringia

Marienkirche

Trebs Organ (1742: could not be found) [new: 28, II, P]

Organ examination 1742

Bad Berka/Ilm

Thuringia

Marienkirche

Böhm Organ (1991)

Berlin

Berlin

Brandenburg

Brandenburg

Bückeburg

Lower Saxony

Celle

Lower Saxony

Scloßkapelle

Vieth-/Ott Orgel (1685/1957)

Collmen

Saxony

Dörna

Thuringia

Georgkirche

Wender Organ (1702) / current Restaurierung)

Dornheim

Thuringia

Batholomäuskirche

Schönefeld Organ (1766/1985)

Perfomance of Cantata BWV 196 in 1708

Dresden

Saxony

Organ competition w/ Louis Marchand 1717

Dresden

Saxony

Sophienkirche

Organ recitals 1725 & 1731

Eisenach

Thuringia

Georgenkirche

Schuke Organ (1982)

Erfurt

Thuringia

Augustinerkirche

Walcker Organ (1938)
[C.C. Stetzing, J.G. Schröter; new: 39, III, P]

Organ examination 1716

Gehren

Thuringia

Stadtkirche

Sauer Organ (1895)

Gera

Thuringia

Salvatorkirche

Röver Organ (1905)
[J.G. Finke; new: 43, II, P]

Organ examination 1724

Gera

Thuringia

Johanniskirche

Organ examination 1724 (?)

Gotha

Thuringia

Schloßkirche

Knauff Organ (1850)

Guest performance of a (lost) passion in 1717

Halle (Saale)

Saxony-Anhalt

Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen

Schuke Organ (1984)
[C. Cuntzius; new: 65, III, P]

Competition for organist post 1713
Organ examination 1716:
Bach Report

Halle (Saale)

Saxony-Anhalt

Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen

Reichel Organ (1663/64)

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Hamburg

Hamburg

Jacobikirche

Kemper Organ (1960/70)

Offer of organist post in 1720 declined

Hamburg

Hamburg

Jacobikirche

Schnitger Organ (1693/1961)

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Heiligengrabe

Brandenburg

Klosterkirche

Baumann Organ (1725)

Visit 1747

Jena

Thuringia

Karlsbad

Bohemia

Kassel

Hessen

Martinskirche, Chorkirche

Hammer Organ (1958)
[N. Becker; rebuilt: 33+, III, P]

Organ examination 1732

Kassel

Hessen

Martinskirche, Fettagskirche

Bosch Organ (1964)

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Kleinzschocher

Saxony

Performance of Peasants’ Cantata BWV 212 1742

Köthen (Anhalt)

Saxony-Anhalt

Stadt- und Kathedralkirche St. Jacob

Ladegast Organ (1872)

Kapellmeister 1717-1723

Köthen (Anhalt)

Saxony-Anhalt

Agnuskirche

Rühlmann Organ (1881)

=

Langewiesen

Thuringia

Stadtkirche

Schulze Organ (1845)
[J. Albrecht; new: ?]

Organ examination 1706

Leipzig

Saxony

Thomaskirche

Sauer Organ (1889/1908)

Kantor 1723-1750

Leipzig

Saxony

Thomaskirche

Woehl Organ (2000)

=

Leipzig

Saxony

Thomaskirche

Swallows' Nest Organ

The organ was repaired by Z. Hildebrandt in 1727 to make it playable again, probably at Bach's request for the 1st performance of SMP (BWV 244) in 1727.

Leipzig

Saxony

Nikolaikirche

Ladegast-/Sauer Organ (1862/1902))

Kantor 1723-1750

Leipzig

Saxony

Paulinerkirche

Scheibe Organ [new: 53, III, P]

Organ examination 1717

Leipzig

Saxony

Johanniskirche

Scheibe Organ [ new: 22, II, P]

Organ examination 1743: Bach Report

Lübeck

Schlezwig-Holstein

Marienkirche

Hauptorgel: Kemper Organ (1968)

Studies with D. Buxtehude 1705

Lübeck

Schlezwig-Holstein

Marienkirche

Totentanzorgel: Führer Organ (1985/86)

=

Lübeck

Schlezwig-Holstein

Marienkirche

Briefkapelle: Schwarz Organ: (1723)

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Lüneburg

Lower Saxony

Michaeliskirche

Dropa/-Furtwängler & Hammer-Kemper-und Hillebrand Organ (1708/1873/1931/1956/1974)

Studies at Michaelisschule 1700-1702

Meiningen

Thuringia

Merseburg

Saxony-Anhalt

Dom

Thayssner-/Hildebrandt-/Ladegast Organ (1697/1716/1734/1855)

Visit in 1735

Mühlhausen

Thuringia

Divi

Wender-/Schuke Organ (1709/1958) [rebuilt: 37, III, P]

Organist 1707-1708
Organ examination 1708:
Bach Report

Mühlhausen

Thuringia

Marienkirche

Wender Organ [rebuilt; 43, III, P]

Organ examination 1735

Naumburg

Saxony-Anhalt

Wenzelkirche

Hildebrandt Organ (1746) [new: 53, III, P]

Organ examination 1746: Bach Report

Ohrdruf

Thuringia

Trinitatiskirche

Ratzmann Organ (1814)

Living with his brother Johann Christoph Bach, and studies at Lyceum 1695-1700

Pomßen

Saxony

Kirche

Richter Organ

Visit to perform on an obsequies 1727

Potsdam

Brandenburg

Ronneburg

Thuringia

Sangerhausen

Saxony-Anhalt

Jacobikirche

Hildebrandt Organ (1728)

Successful application for a post as town organist in 1702; by ducal interference, the post is given to someone else

Schleiz

Thuringia

Guest performance at the court of Count Reuss 1721

Stöntzsch
/Hochstein

Saxony

Stadtkirche

Schmieder Organ (1731/32)
[rebuilt: 12, I, P]

Organ examination in 1731 & 1732

Störmthal

Saxony

Kreuzkirche

Hildebrandt Organ (1723) [new: 14, I, P]

Organ examination & performance of Festival Cantata BWV 194 1723

Taubach

Thuringia

Dorfkirche

Trebs Organ (1710: not survived)
[new: 11, I, P]

Organ examination 1710

Taubach

Thuringia

Dorfkirche

Witzmanb Organ (1850)

Wechmar

Thuringia

St.-Viti-Kirche

Ratzmann Organ (1844)

Weimar

Thuringia

Former Schloßkapelle

Compenius Organ (1658: not survived)
[H.N. Trebs; rebuilt: 23, II, P]

Laquery and musician 1703
Organist and chamber musician 1708-1717
Organ examination 1712-1714

Weimar

Thuringia

former Schloßkapelle

Bidermann-Positiv (1658: not survived)

=

Weimar

Thuringia

Herderkirche

Walcker Organ (1907)

=

Weißenfels

Saxony-Anhalt

Schloßkapelle

Förner-Voigt Organ (1985)

Visits 1723, 1725, 1729, 1739

Weißensee

Thuringia

[C.W. Schäfer; new: ?, II, P]

Organ examination 1737

Wiederau

Brandenburg

Schloß

Performance of Hommage Cantata BWV 30a 1737

Zeitz

Saxony-Anhalt

Zerbst

Saxony-Anhalt

Guest performance 1722

Zschortau

Saxony

Nicolaikirche

Herming Organ

Zschortau

Saxony

Nicolaikirche

Scheibe Organ (1746/1870)
[new: 17, II, P]

Organ examination 1746: Bach Report

Unknown

?

?

[H.A. Countzius; new, ?]

Organ examination 1748

Main specs of original organ examined by Bach: number of stops & sections, manuals, pedal.

Organ Builders: associated with J.S. Bach

Zacharias Hildebrandt (1688-1757)
Heinrich Nikolaus Trebs (1678-1748)
Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost (c1680/1681-1759)
Johann Friedrich Wender (1655-1729)

Johann Josua Mosengel (1663–1731)
Arp Schnitger (1648–1719)
Gottfried Silbermann (1683–1753)
Walcker Orgelbau (E.F. Walcker Orgelbau) – Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg)

Main Sources:

Hans Theodor David & Arthur Mendel: The Bach Reader - A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents (revised edition: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1966)
Martin Petzoldt: Bachstäten Ein Reiseführer zu Johann Sebastian Bach (Insel Verlag, 2000), pp 289-324
Christoph Wolff: Johann Sebastian Bach - The Learned Musician (W.E. Norton & Company, 2000), pp 143, 208

Bibliography:

Lynn Edwards Butler: Leipzig's Organs in the Time of Bach, in Keyboard Perspectives, Vol. 3 (recently published by the Westfield Center)
W. L. Sumner: Article in American Organist (1985)
Peter Williams: The Organ Music of J. S. Bach, Vol. 3, esp chapters 16-17
Jakob Adlung: Musica mechanica organoedi (1768), and Anleitung zu der musikalischen Gelahrtheit (1758)
Malcolm Boyd (editor): Oxford Composer Companion: J.S. Bach (Oxford Composer Companions)

Bach-Dokumente. Herausgegeben vom Bach-Archiv Leipzig. Supplement zu Johann Sebastian Bach. Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke
- Bd. I: Schrinstucke von der Hand J. S. Bachs, hrsg. von Werner Neumann und Hans-Joachim Schulze (
Leipzig & Kassel 1963)
- Bd. II: Fremdschriftliche und gedruckte Dokumente zur Lebensgeschichte Johann Sebastian Bachs 1685-1750, hrsg. von W. Neumann und Hans-Joachim Schulze (
Leipzig & Kassel, 1969)
- Bd. III: Dokumente zum Nachwirken Johann Sebastian Bachs 1750-1800. Hrsg. von Hans-Joachim Schulze. (
Leipzig & Kassel, 1972)
Karl Geiringer: Die Musikerfamilie Bach. Leben und Wirken in drei Jahrhunderren (München 1958)
Marrin Petzoldt & Joachim Petri: Ehre sei dir Gott gesungen. Bilder und Texte zu Bachs Leben als Christ und seinem Wirken fur die Kirche (Berlin 1990) (2. Auflage)
Philipp Spitta: Johann Sebastian Bach, 2 Bände (
Leipzig, 1873 & 1880)
Charles Sanford Terry: Johann Sebastian Bach. Eine Lebensgeschichte (
Leipzig, 1929); Neue Ausgabe: it 2588. (Frankfurr am Main & Leipzig, 1999)
Percy M. Young: Die Bachs 1500-1800 (
Leipzig, 1978)
George F. Stauffer & Ernest May (editors): J.S. Bach as Organist: His Instruments, Music and Performance Practices (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (March 2011)

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