Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

“Year”Reformation and music”on the occasion of the Luther decade up to the Great Jubilee of 500 years Reformation” in the year 2017, there are still 5 years, but since the opening of the Luther decade 2008 the Luther year is prepared each year with a different theme. Where the great theologian left its mark, there are many events around the reformer with a wide range of great sacred music to memory. The theses by October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, a milestone in the history of the world. Especially the Lutheran Church honors the memory of Lutheran. And so it is not surprising that in Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt or Eisenach – everywhere, where Luther was and continued his life’s work – the music of his time can be heard. “The theme year 2012 reformation and music” takes a different anniversary quasi piggyback: celebrated is at the same time the 800 years of the Leipziger thomanerchor.

This choir can look back on a long tradition and many well known names as cantors and composers can proudly in its history present. The probably most famous Thomas Cantor of all time was Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in Eisenach in 1685. Here closes the circle to Luther. Because this translated the New Testament in the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach in 1521. As deutscheste of all castles, the Wartburg Castle is now on the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage as well as the Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg.

Know what the least however is the fact that Luther himself composed music. In his budget, much was performed. For him, music is always the best refreshment for an afflicted people”have been. Therefore an important part of the Protestant worship and the liturgy is still the singing and music-making today. It is also a merit of the Reformation, that everyone in the Church must – sing along and is reserved for the church singing of not only the professional caste of priests. Also why is the year 2012 at the Luther Memorial devoted to the music. Lovers of sacred music may therefore on a series of concerts featuring works by well-known It offers composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Heinrich Schutz and Georg Philipp Telemann. It should be remembered but also to the song writer Paul Gerhardt almost into oblivion. Resound be motets as well as organ and Church concerts. Even modern jazz interpretations should not be missed and attract 2012 many visitors.