The Bach family never left Thuringia until the sons of Sebastian went valentin. English for children a more modern world. Through all the misery of the peasantry at the period of the Thirty Years’ War this clan maintained its position and produced musicians who, however local their fame, were among the greatest in Europe. Four branches of the Bach family were known at the beginning of the 16th century, and a Hans Bach of Wechmar is documented to have been alive in 1561, a village between Gotha and Arnstadt in Thuringia, who is believed to be the father of Veit Bach.
Johann Sebastian’s genealogy, “a white-bread baker in Hungary” who had to flee Hungary because he was a Lutheran, settling in Wechmar. He “found the greatest pleasure in a little cittern which he took with him even into the mill”. At first took up the trade of baker, but having a particular bent for music” he became a piper. His first great-grandson Johann Ambrosius was a violinist, and the father of Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Ambrosius’ uncle, Heinrich of Arnstadt, had two sons: Johann Michael and Johann Christoph, who are among the greatest of J.
Of the seven children that Johann Sebastian Bach had with his first wife only three survived him. Two of these had musical careers of their own: Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. After his first wife died, Johann Sebastian Bach then married Anna Magdalena Wilcken, herself a gifted soprano and daughter of the court trumpeter of Prince Saxe-Weissenfels. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, “Bach Family”, pp. Wikisource has the text of the 1905 New International Encyclopedia article Bach.
Sanford Terry, in The Musical Times, vol. Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1722 seal, used throughout his Leipzig years. It contains the letters ‘J S B’ superimposed over their mirror image. The whole is topped with a crown. This page was last edited on 25 March 2018, at 20:18.