This year, the traditional spring exhibition of the Eisenach Bachhaus in Berlin Cathedral is dedicated to the members of the Bach family who worked in Berlin for a time: his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann and Johann Christian Bach, the Bach grandson Johann Sebastian Bach the Younger who grew up here, and the other Bach grandson Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach, who came to Berlin in 1788 and became court bandmaster and piano teacher to Queen Luise. On display are drawings by Bach's grandson Johann Sebastian Bach the Younger, a painter who grew up in Berlin and studied here and in Potsdam. Also on display is an exercise book by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach from 1725 with numerous scribbles by this son of Bach, whose professional failures due to his difficult personality finally prompted him to try his luck in Berlin at the age of 64. The show also presents the Piano School of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which was published in Berlin and became a great financial success and had to be reprinted several times. Finally, the original burial cross of Bach's grandson Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach is also on display. He was the last composing member of the musical family and from 1788 worked as court bandmaster and piano teacher of Queen Luise in Berlin and Potsdam. The burial cross of the grandson, who died in 1845, was originally located in Cemetery II of the Sophiengemeinde behind the Nordbahnhof and in 1905 was moved to the Bachhaus Eisenach, where it was exhibited in the garden for years and is now returning to Berlin for the exhibition.
Johann Sebastian Bach's three (and probably more) visits to Berlin are also discussed: Among other things, the title page of the "Musical Offering" dedicated to Frederick the Great in 1747 and a Berlin copy of his English Suite No. 5, dated 1770, are on display. As in previous years, the exhibition of the Bachhaus Eisenach in the Berlin Cathedral will cover the entire width of the imperial corridor. The music of the Berlin Bach family can be listened to at seven listening stations.
An animated film by the Potsdam "Buchstabenschubser" also explains that Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos" from 1721 were probably intended as a disguised application by the musician to Berlin - but without success, which is why Johann Sebastian Bach applied to Leipzig a year later.