Johann Sebastian Bach
and organist was born in Eisenach in 1685 and died in Leipzig in
1750. At the age of ten, he lived with his older brother Johann
three years of study, which began in 1700 at St. Michael’s
Church, proved fruitful under the guidance of composer and organist
Georg Böhn. In 1707, he married Maria Barbara Bach, a cousin.
position of Kapellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Cöthen was
awarded to Bach in 1717 (by this time, he had already written many
extraordinary church cantatas). Then, in 1723 the cantorship at
St. Thomas’s became Bach’s new job and he remained there
for the rest of his life.
Amazing Bach Fact
became much more famous fifty years after his death, when his Well-Tempered
Clavier was made readily available (1801). Mendelssohn’s
1829 performance of his St. Matthew Passion was also a major contribution
to the revival of Bach’s music.