Bach Walks

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01Arnstadt To Erfurt20171219

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

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.

02Schierke To Brocken Summit20171220

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

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.

033: Oderwald to Wolfenbuttel20171221

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

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.

044: Medingen to Bienenbuttel20171222

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

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.

055: Roseburg To Lubeck20171224

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

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.