Leipzig, city of Bach (and maybe some other guys, too)

So I mentioned before how Germany is full of memorials to composers. Nowhere is this more true than in Leipzig. I visited the city last week to attend the International Transport Forum and interview Germany’s transport minister (yes, that transport minister) for a story. But I left myself some time to explore the city’s attractions.

Most of those attractions involve Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach didn’t even move to Leipzig until he was nearly 40, but he finished out his days there and served as musical director of the city’s main churches. And his likeness is pretty much everywhere:

Most of Bach’s memorializing happens inside and around the churches where he worked. One of those churches was the Nikolaikirche, which looks austere from the outside:

but gorgeously pastel-y inside (not unlike the Frauenkirche in Dresden):

Another is the Thomaskirche, where his remains are buried:

and the organ plays constantly in his memory (Bach, in his time, was better known as an organist than as a composer):

But it’s not all Bach in Leipzig. Felix Mendelssohn also led the city’s musical life for a time, after being named conductor of Leipzig’s top orchestra at the tender age of 26. But poor Felix was completely overshadowed by his predecessor, and all he got in the way of remembrance was this one statue. Fortunately, it’s a particularly grandiose one:


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