It was a short "guest performance" which made Muehlhausen one of the Bach cities and just almost Muehlhausen had become no Bach place at all. Reason Muehlhausen almost became no Bach city was a huge fire. Not just one or two or four houses were destroyed. Several hundred caught fire plus the stables burnt down to the foundations and the town council even thought not to sign the already fixed contract with the composer and organist from Arnstadt. But finally they did. However, this major fire changed the financial situation in Muehlhausen so much, that everything became very expensive very fast. Although Johann Sebastian Bach made more money, that is to say he received more than in his position before but as well more than the person that did his job in Muehlhausen before, he couldn't afford more.
Plus, there was one more reason for his short stay at Muehlausen, which was a major fight between the church authorities at that time. It was a fight with a magnitude, which we nowadays only know from different countries and on TV. The biggest difference however, compared to when he left Arnstadt was, that he left with the blessing of the mayor. He didn't leave Muehlhausen with burned bridges.
Just a little more than 365 days Johann Seabstian Bach lived and acted in Muehlhausen, when he pushed along. To Weimar. Actually again. He already had worked there before. But "not really". More about that in the next chapter about the Bach cities and the Bach places: Weimar, the last Bach city in Thuringia, before he left this nowadays Federal State in Germany.
No narration, just music and pics: Muehlhausen, a real impressive Bach city with a really cute Bach memorial.
Bach cities, Bach places - great pictures. Muehlhausen on additional pics? Just click here.
Really much information is what you find, like always, on Wikipedia. But, a lot more likeable and and much as well you will discover on "Muehlhausen.de". How big is Muehlhausen? Almost 33,333 residents are living here - you know it, I like numbers like this one. In the medieval time Muehlhausen was the most powerful after Erfurt, but not today anymore. However, Muehlhausen is more contemplative today. Plus, Muehlhausen is an Hanseatic city. The name of Thomas Muentzer is connected to this town. The theme of the "Peasants War". We learn that the builder of New York's Brooklyn Bridge was born here - that's nice, but it's not necessarily important. Churches and gates, that is what Muehlhausen offers in a large number. Geographically this city lies in the center of Germany and this little town on the banks of the creek Unstrut with it's historical old city is really worth an exploration. However, if you found my suggestion not serious enough, than there is a very much more serious way. Here along and you get directly to the cultural and touristic offer.
Film, pics, music and narration: Muehlhausen presented in a likeable miniature video. Muehlhausen is clearly a category A Bach city, as Johann Sebastian Bach spent one year of his career here. So it's not only a Bach city but a Johann Sebastian Bach city.
33 maps, 33 Bach cities or places. Muehlhausen is a category A Bach city.