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Weimar in 1715

Weimar, ca. 1715

Three hundred years ago in Weimar, Konzertmeister Bach was busy composing sacred works for performance in the Palace Church at the Wilhelmsburg as well as playing the organ.

The terms of Bach’s employment included a requirement to compose and perform a new cantata every month, but with the death of his patron, Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, in August 1715, the  period of silent mourning at the court banned all musical performances for three months.

During 2015, the two 1715 cantatas that survive three centuries later as autograph manuscripts deserve to be specially commemorated.