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In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. Writer Horatio Clare's series of five 'slow-radio' walks searching for Bach's footsteps - and his ghost - in the fields and woods of central and northern Germany was first broadcast in December 2017; here they are presented in a single omnibus version.

Horatio Clare sets out to retrace JS Bach's famous 250-mile walk from Arnstadt to Lubeck.

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Horatio Clare sets out to retrace JS Bach's famous 250-mile walk from Arnstadt to Lubeck.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck

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011: Arnstadt to Erfurt20171219

In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. In the first of five 'slow-radio' walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for his footsteps - and his ghost - the route takes him from Arnstadt towards Erfurt.

Horatio Clare sets out to retrace JS Bach's famous 250-mile walk from Arnstadt to Lubeck.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck

022: Schierke to Brocken Summit20171220

In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. In the second of five 'slow-radio' walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for his footsteps - and his ghost - the putative route takes him into the Harz Mountains and up to its highest point, the Brocken Summit.

Retracing JS Bach's 250-mile walk to Lubeck, Horatio Clare reaches the Harz Mountains.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck

033: Oderwald to Wolfenbuttel20171221

In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. In the third of five 'slow-radio' walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for his footsteps - and his ghost - the route takes him through the beeches of the Oderwald and on into the town of Wolfenbuttel.

Horatio Clare retraces Bach's journey to the Oderwald and the town of Wolfenbuttel.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck

044: Medingen to Bienenbuttel20171222

In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. In the fourth of five 'slow-radio' walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for his footsteps - and his ghost - the route takes him along the banks of the River Ilmenau from Medingen to Bienebuttel.

Horatio Clare's journey in the footsteps of JS Bach takes him along the River Ilmenau.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck

055: Roseburg to Lubeck20171224

In 1705 the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach set off from his home in Arnstadt to walk 250 miles to Lübeck, there to meet his hero, the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude. In the fifth and last of five 'slow-radio' walks in which writer Horatio Clare searches for his footsteps - and his ghost - the route takes him from the village of Roseburg along the Old Salt Road to Mölln, and on the city of Lübeck.

Horatio Clare walks in the footsteps of Bach on his journey to meet Buxtehude in Lubeck.

Horatio Clare retraces JS Bach's 250-mile journey to visit Buxtehude in Lubeck