Born March 21, 1685 Eisenach Germany Family= musicians Fairly large house 8 years old: Old Latin Grammar School St. Georgenkirche chorus He had “an uncommonly fine treble voice”
Due to: poor sanitation Early age: sister and brother die Age 9: lost mother 9 months later: lost father Taken into his brother Johann Jakob’s home in Ohrdruf Germany.
Johann Christoph= well known organist and taught Bach piano, organ, and harpsichord. Joined the choir at Michaelis monastery at Lüneburg
Bach and his friend are accepted into the choir here Mattenchor Lost his soprano voice Played Violin in the Orchestra and harpsichord during rehearsals. Becomes very interested in the organ.
Played violin in the orchestra of the small chamber orchestra of Duke Johann Ernst. The Organ at Arnstadt was finished Changed style: took after the famous organist Dietrich Buxtehude. Bach left Arnstadt
October 17th 1707: married his cousin Maria Barbara Improved church music of Germany Cothen: life centered around music 1717-1723: Chamber music; violin concertos, sonatas, and piano music.
Capellmeister= Highest rank of musician, in his era. Went on tour with the prince. Maria died leaving him and his 4 children they had together.
Performed cantatas for the Prince Anna Magdalena Got married: had 13 children Wanted to move
May 22, 1723: Moved to Leipzig Worked as director of music and choir School with 3 churches: St. Thomas, St. Nicholas, and the New Church Extra income from solo performances
Not happy with his position and salary Focused on new music endeavors
He lost his eye sight Underwent two cataract surgeries His health disintegrated July 28, 1750 he died of a stroke. Buried: St. John’s Cemetery
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