Johann Christoph Bach

Johann Christoph Bach

Arnstadt, Ilm-Kreis, Thüringen, Germany
Death 31 Mar 1703 (aged 60)
Eisenach, Stadtkreis Eisenach, Thüringen, Germany
Burial Eisenach, Stadtkreis Eisenach, Thüringen, Germany
Memorial ID 19402980 · View Source
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Organist, Composer. A first cousin, once removed, of Johann Sebastian Bach, he was in his time the most famous member of the musical Bach family, renowned throughout Germany for his virtuosity at the organ. Born in Arnstadt, he was taught music by his father and at age 20 was appointed organist of the Arnstadt Court Chapel. From 1665 until his death he served as organist of the Georgenkirche (St. George's Church) in Eisenach, and during his last three years was also the Duke of Eisenach's official chamber musician. Although he was greatly respected as an artist, Bach was frequently at odds with town and church officials over money matters and he died bitter and debt-ridden. Bach's compositions were relatively few but of high quality, particularly the 44 Preludes and Chorales for organ. J.S. Bach grew up listening to him play and called him "a profound composer"; some of the older man's works, including the motet "Ich lasse dicht nicht", were mistakenly attributed to the Baroque genius.

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