Major J S Bach investment disclosed

Major J S Bach investment disclosed


norman lebrecht

December 02, 2010

Eberhard Spree, a double-bass player in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, has uncovered a trove of Johann Sebastian Bach documents in an archive in the Freiberg district. 

The papers reveal Bach’s investment activities in the last decade of his life in a local silver mine. The prevailing image of the composer is that of a municipal employee who served as Cantor of St Thomas’s. It may be that he was more shrewd than scholars have previously credited.
Here’s the original report in German with a picture of the proud bassist.