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"Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul."

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Members of the Bach family dominated the musical scene in LutherCountry both before and after the great Johann Sebastian Bach walked this earth. In fact, a grand total of 64 Bach family members were professional musicians between 1600 and 1800. Born in Eisenach, Johann Sebastian Bach was – like all his relatives – a talented organist and piano player. However, it was his gift as a brilliant composer that earned him a spot in the music's hall of fame.

Bach Monument Koethen © WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.Bach House in Eisenach © Bachhaus Eisenach, Thuringia Tourism Board

How is he connected to Luther, you ask? Even though he was born more than a century after Luther's death, Bach was a passionate Lutheran whose worship and beliefs inspired some of the world's finest sacred choral music. Funnily enough, this is exactly in line with Luther's dreams for the church, having himself introduced the idea that worship should be essentially musical. Among Bach's greatest works are his Mass in B minor, the St. Matthew Passion, Cantata No. 140, the Magnificat in D major, the St. John Passion, and of course Cantata No. 80, which was based on Luther's own words and is now known around the world as "A mighty fortress is our God" (or: "Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott").

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