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Description

Dornheim is a small village in the district Ilm-Kreis in Thuringia, not far from Arnstadt.

Country: Germany | State: Thuringia | District: Ilm-Kreis | Area: 7.87 km˛ | Population: 600 (December 2006)

History

The Village Church Bartholomäuskirche (Bartholomew Church) was a romantic building and pieces of that epoch are still visible in the tower. Today the building is of a late-gothic style, which was built, in the 15th century. There are still two altars left from that time. In the early 18th century the galleries were added, which can be reached from the outside trough the ascent made of stone. In 1985 a new organ was added.

 

Bach Connection

J.S. Bach married his first wife and second cousin Maria Barbara Bach (1684-1720) on October 17, 1707 in the Bartholomäuskirche (Bartholomew Church) of Dornheim. Their choice of this church for the wedding probably resulted from their friendship with the pastor there, J.L. Stauber.

Sources:
Article in Malcolm Boyd (Editor): Oxford Composer Companion - J.S. Bach (Oxford University Press, 1999)
Martin Petzoldt: Bachstäten Ein Reiseführer zu Johann Sebastian Bach (Insel Verlag, 2000)
Reisewege zu Bach - Travelling Ways to Bach (Michael Imhof Verlag, 2003). p. 30

Documents

Extract from the Marriage Register of Arnstadt

Anno 1707, Dom[inica] XV p[ost] Tr[initatis]
Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach, duly appointed organist at the Church of St. Blasius in the Imperial Free City of Mühlhausen, still single, youngest surviving son and lawful issue of the late Mr. Johann Ambrosius Bach, Musician to the Prince of Saxe-Eisenach, and Mistress Maria Barbara, youngest daughter and lawful issue of the late Master Johann Michael Bach, organist in Gehren. Were united in marriage in Dornheim on October 17. The fees were remitted.

Source: Hans T. David & Arthur Mendel (editors): The Bach Reader (J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., revised edition, 1966), p. 16

Events in Life History of J.S. Bach

Date/Year

Event

Mühlhausen (1707-1708)

Oct 17, 1707

Marriage with cousin Maria Barbara Bach, daughter of Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694) of Gehren, in Dornheim, near Arnstadt

Performance Dates of J.S. Bach’s Vocal Works:

Date

Event

BWV

Title

Remarks

1707-1708 [Mülhausen]

 

Jun 5, 1708

Wedding

196

Der Herr denkt an uns

This cantata was probably composed for the wedding of Johann Lorenz Stauber with Regina Wedemann, the aunt of Maria Barbara Bach, in Dornheim

Bach Festivals & Cantata Series

Festival (Link to Website)

Artistic Director

Years

Months

Place

BCW

Thüringer Bachwochen

Christoph Drescher

2005-

Mar-Apr

Thuringia, Germany

BCW

 

Features of Interest

Bartholomäuskirche (Bartholomew Church, Village Church Dornheim): The little village church, where J.S. Bach and Maria Barbara Bach got married should not be missed on any Bach tour. It is lovingly restored and has become a real gem.

Information & Links

Cityreview: Thüringen > Dornheim [German]
Dornheim (Meinestadt) [German]

The J.S. Bach Tourist 8: Dornheim (Koster)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2003 - December 2009)

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