Crisis in Bach archive as boss quits

Crisis in Bach archive as boss quits


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2019

Franziska Grimm has asked to be relieved of her post as commercial director of Leipzig’s Bach Archive. She had been there for little over a year and wants to pursue other challenges.

That’s all they’re saying.



  • Reader says:

    OMG it’s a crisis? That an employee leaves a job, for any of various reasons? It happens all the time in workplaces all over the world. It’s not a crisis. The BachArchiv will find another director. Maybe “that’s all they’re saying” because it is a personnel matter and none of our business.”

  • John Borstlap says:

    She found a bill for overdue salary together with an angry letter by JS Bach which is still not paid and did not want to be associated with such humiliating failure vis à vis the greatest composer of history.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    I’m not at all sure in what way this constitutes a “crisis”. One may reasonably assume that a replacement will be appointed, and I cannot think there is any shortage of candidates.

  • pallidor says:

    I’m a regular visitor of Bach-Archiv and Bachfest Leipzig. I never came across Mrs Grimm, but to me there is no sign of a crisis as (as far as I know) the main figures of the institution are still the there. BTW: The programme of next years’s Bachfest looks interesting: