‘Ear worms’

Musical language

The language of music takes many forms in Thuringia. From atmospheric hymns and the rich, reverberating organ sounds of Bach in the churches to spectacular piano performances at music festivals, in the virtuoso style of Franz Liszt or as modern interpretations.

Anyone who believes that music is merely a vehicle for conveying messages is wide of the mark. Where words end, and where religion comes up against the confines of modern life, music gives us answers, allows us to hear the words in a new way and to make sense of them on a personal level. That is just what Bach did when his 13 cantatas expressed Luther’s words in a whole new language. Or Heinrich Schütz, Thuringia’s ‘father of music’, who also put the great reformer’s writings to music.

Listen closely to hear the musical stories Thuringia has to tell.

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