May 1723: J.S. Bach Hired as Cantor in Leipzig
Johann Sebastian Bach served as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, a role which included leading worship music, directing choirs, playing organ, and composing original pieces. In this 2002 essay, Robin Leaver studies Bach as both a “musical theologian” and “theological musician” in the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy.
Essay: “Johann Sebastian Bach and the Lutheran Understanding of Music” by Robin Leaver, LQ 16 (2002), 21-47.
Image: Statue of J.S. Bach outside the Thomaskirche, Leipzig. Photo by Martin Lohrmann, used by permission.