Bach Cities and Bach Places: Mühlhausen, Thuringia

1   Why Is Mühlhausen a Bach City?

It was a short "guest performance" which made the city Mühlhausen in Northern Thuringia one of the Bach cities and just almost Mühlhausen had become no Bach place at all. The reason Mühlhausen 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 Mühlhausen 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 Mühlhausen before, he couldn't afford more.


Plus, there was one more reason for his short stay at Mühlhausen, 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 Mühlhausen with burned bridges.


Just a little more than 365 days, Johann Sebastian Bach lived and acted in Mühlhausen, 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.



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2   Music by Bach + Pics from Mühlhausen

No narration, just music and pics: Mühlhausen, a real impressive Bach city with a really cute Bach memorial.



3   The Bach City of Mühlhausen on 6 Pics

Bach cities, Bach places ... great pictures. Mühlhausen on additional pics? Just click here.



4   Info About the Bach City of Mühlhausen

Really much information is what you find, like always, on Wikipedia. But, a lot more likable and much as well, you will discover on "Mü". How big is Mühlhausen? Almost 33,333 residents are living here – you know it, I like numbers like this one. In the medieval time, Mühlhausen was the most powerful after Erfurt, but not today anymore. However, Mühlhausen is more contemplative today. Plus, Mühlhausen is a Hanseatic city. The name of Thomas Müntzer 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 to know. Churches and gates, that is what Mühlhausen 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 its historical old city is really worth an exploration. However, if you found my suggestion not serious enough, then there is a very much more serious way. Here along, and you get directly to the cultural and touristic offer.



5   A Video: The Bach City of Mühlhausen

Film, pics, music and narration: Mühlhausen presented in a likable miniature video. Mühlhausen 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.



6   Where Exactly Is this Bach City Located?

33 maps, 33 Bach cities or places. Mühlhausen is a category A Bach city.



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