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the old service was reinstated with the correctamount of Accidenten. However, for somereason that we may never know, he did not take up the offer and from 1726 he onlyassociated himself with the university onspecial occasions. In some ways these disputes are brought on by his own ability. Gorner,the university director of music, wasextremely unhappy with the way Bach was often preferred on formal occasions, and hadrepeatedly attempted to deny him rightsto perform for the university. If it had not been his honourary title Kapellmeister von Hausaus at Cothen, he could well havebeen eliminated long ago. The title ensured that the university council had a good excuseto rule in favour of him. Bach’s energy during this period was exceptional, and he was keen to expand his

activities.By 1730 he was disenchanted with thewith the conditions of St Thomas and wrote a stiff memorandum to the church authorities.They threatened to reduced his salary,so he began to look for a job elsewhere. His letter to Erdmann, an old schoolfriend fromOhrdruf, did not bring much success. Butwith his abilities he could have moved on fairly quickly. The only reason he had stayedwas because he was appointed the directorof the collegium musicum and he was able to meet intellectuals and students from the localuniversity. He is now composingfewer cantatas, and instead he turned to keyboard music, and wrote numerous harpsichordconcerti, some for more than twoharpsichords. He also wrote or revised a vast amount of Organ works, including theGoldberg variations, which was

published infour volumes. In his last years Bach composed little, but he sorted out many of his earlier pieces andmade collections suitable for publication. Hepublished the second edition of the well-tempered clavier, and the B minor mass wasrevised thoroughly. He started on the Art ofFugue after his trip to Berlin, where he was received with great enthusiasm, however, hedid not live to finish the collection.Towards the end of his life he became blind, and John Taylor (Handel’s oculist) was unableto revive his eyes. A first operationrevived his eyesight a little, but a few days later a second operation was necessaryfollowed by the complete loss of sight. Onemorning in the middle of July he found his eyesight suddenly restored, but a few hourslater he was seized by a stroke, and

diedlater that evening despite attention from two of the best doctors in Leizpig. He was buriedhonourably near the South door of StJohn’s Church, but the precise location of the grave was soon forgotten. It was not until1894 that his remains were exhumed andidentified; in 1950 they were transferred to their present resting-place in theThomaskirche. Anna Magdalena did not receivemuch from his will (she received one-third of all the properties, and the remainingtwo-thirds was equally shared among his ninesons.) She was rather meanly treated by the church authorities, and died of poverty in1760. 30f