Bach, Anna Magdalena b. September 22, 1701 d. February 22, 1760 Singer. The second wife of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. She was born Anna Wilcken in Zeitz, Saxony, into a musical family. Little is known of her career as a vocalist but she certainly knew Bach professionally at Cothen, where he was Kapellmeister from 1717. They married in December 1721, a year and a half after the death of the composer's first wife, and settled in Leipzig in 1723. The couple had 13 children, six of whom lived to adulthood, including future composers Johann...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: [unmarked]
Bach, Johann Sebastian [original burial site] b. March 21, 1685 d. July 28, 1750 Composer and Organist. One of the acknowledged giants of Western music and the greatest composer of the Baroque era. Bach's work represents the culmination of all the musical ideas of his time. He brought such techniques as counterpoint and fugue to their heights of expressiveness, and wrote masterpieces in every existing genre except opera. Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, into a family that boasted seven generations of musicians. His parents died before he was 10 and he went to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Hoffmann, Georg Melchior b. 1679 d. October 6, 1715 Composer, Conductor. A gifted representative of German Baroque music. His style is notable for its imaginative scoring, strong melodies, and emotional directness. The cantata "Meine Seele rühmt und preist" (c. 1707) and the Mass in E Minor (1708) are probably his best known works. Hoffmann was born in Barenstein, Germany, and trained as a choirboy at the nearby Dresden Hofkapelle. In 1705 he succeeded Georg Philipp Telemann as organist and music director of Leipzig's Neukirche and Collegium...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Marbach, Johanna Rosalie b. March 4, 1805 d. October 12, 1837 Actress. Sister of Richard Wagner. Was the first to play Gretchen in Goethes "Faust." After her step-father Ludwig Geyer died she she earned the money for the family. She married the Leipziger Professor Oswald Marbach in 1836. She was buried on the North site of the cemetery. The headstone was moved during the 1990s to the current location. (Bio by: Lutetia) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Section V.
Woyzeck, Johann Christian b. January 3, 1780 d. August 27, 1824 Criminal. Key figure in a murder case that marked the first time in German legal history an insanity defense was used. Born into poverty in Leipzig, Woyzeck led an unsettled life, drifting through such professions as barber, soldier, tailor, bookbinder, and manservant. On June 13, 1821, he was arrested for the murder of his common-law wife, a 46 year-old widow named Woost, whom he had stabbed to death the night before in a fit of jealous rage. At his trial the defense argued that...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Unmarked