"My topic continues to fascinate me to this day as there is still so much to be told about it. Many people do not realize there was more to Leipzig’s music history in the 18th century than Bach cantatas, and that above all Bach’s students were great fans of Italian opera, which was hardly known here at the time. Which is why I gladly give talks, introduce concerts and create exhibition concepts as a way of filling in the gaps."
"What especially helped me was that I could do my doctorate as part of the ‚Johann Sebastian Bachs Thomaner‘ research project supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and conducted by the Bach Archive Leipzig. Being attached to this institute meant it was easy to discuss research issues with my colleagues there at any time. Moreover, working daily with the outstanding scholars at the Bach Archive provided me with additional motivation."
"The best experience I had while a doctoral student was my stay in Paris. From a cultural regard the time I spent researching there was just as interesting and exciting as finally being able to look at the immense store of original historical musical artifacts in the Bibliothèque nationale."
Dr. Manuel Bärwald
Musicologist at the Bach Archive in Leipzig, research scholarship holder of the Gerda Henkel Foundation within the project “Johann Sebastian Bachs Thomaner”
Born in Leipzig, where he lives there today, too
Dissertation topic: Italienische Oper in Leipzig (1744–1756) (dissertation awaits publication)
completed in: 2014
Manuel Bärwald at the opening of the multimedia travelling exhibition “Klangraum Mitteldeutschland” (Soundscape Central Germany) in front of pupils at Evangelisches Kreuzgymnasium secondary school in Dresden