Saturday, February 16, 2013

German Democratic Republic: JS Bach

This stamp (Scott 2461) was issued in 1985 for the "Spring Festival" (Fruehjahrsmesse) in Leipzig. JS Bach worked for several years at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. The statue upon which this stamp is based is located at the church. The monument to Bach was erected in 1908, only after a statue of Leibniz was removed to a nearby university site. The statue shows the composer standing alongside an organ, holding a scroll of music. The reverse of the statue shows the St. Thomas School in relief.  The stone base of the statue is a little over 9 feet tall; the bronze statue of Bach about 6 feet tall. The Bach memorial is also depicted on a stamp issued in 2004 as part of a "scenic attractions" series.

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