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date: 17 May 2021

Bach familylocked

  • Christoph Wolff,
  • Walter Emery,
  • Peter Wollny,
  • Ulrich Leisinger
  •  and Stephen Roe


German family of musicians. From the 16th century to the 19th the extensive Saxon-Thuringian Bach family produced an unparalleled and almost incalculable number of musicians of every kind, from fiddlers and town musicians to organists, Kantors, court musicians and Kapellmeisters. The outstanding figure among them was Johann Sebastian Bach, but a great many other well-known and distinguished musicians were born into earlier, contemporary and later generations of the family.

In the following pages a list of the musical members of the family, in alphabetical order, with brief biographical notes on those who are not discussed separately, precedes an outline of the family history. §I is devoted to the most important members of the family, in chronological order. The italic numerals 1–53 given in parentheses after the names correspond to the numbers given to members of the family in the genealogy drawn up by J.S. Bach in 1735, the Ursprung der musicalisch-Bachischen Familie...

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