A petition has been launched to rescue the former Weimar home of J. S. Bach. The site (pictured), where the composer lived from 1708 to 1717, has been used as a car park since 1989.

The online petition states: ‘This is the only at least partially existing and, among all the Bach cities, the only location proven by records to have been a place where Johann Sebastian Bach composed and lived that has survived to the present day.’

During Bach’s residency in Weimar he composed many of his organ works, over 30 cantatas and parts of the Brandenburg Concertos; this period also saw the births of his two sons Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Sites dedicated to the composer already exist in Eisenach, J. S. Bach’s birthplace, and Leipzig, where he spent more than 25 years before his death.

Professor Myriam Eichberger from the Liszt School of Music Weimar started the petition. She recently told the Guardian: ‘The Weimar years were important for his whole life. All he did in Leipzig and Köthen was based on his time in Weimar.’

Eichberger spoke of the current situation with the site: ‘We had dialogue with the car park owners for about seven years, but not any more. There’s now stagnation in this situation.’

The English language petition can be found at www.change.org/petitions/all-friends-of-j-s-bach-bach-house-weimar-instead-of-a-unesco-world-heritage-car-park. For more information about the campaign, visit www.bachhausweimar.de.


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