The Bach Musicians' Family
Johann Ambrosius Bach,
Johann Sebastian Bach's father
bibliography of the picture: Brück, Helga, auf der
Spurensuche nach Bach in Erfurt, page 14: ein Stadtführer zu den
Wirkungsstätten der Erfurter Bachfamilie mit einer speziellen Wegekarte
auf Seite 53 / Helga Brück,
1. Aufl. - Erfurt: VHT, Verl.-Haus Thüringen, 2000 ISBN 3-89683-149-6
Origianal painting in the Bachhaus Eisenach.
J. S. Bach's music!
Erfurt can look
back on a long family tradition of the Bachs. Three sons of Hans Bach,
the "Music Player of Wechmar", founded the tradition as early
as the 17th century: Johann, Christoph and Heinrich were town pipers and
council musicians and Johann Bach was organist at the same time at the
His son Ägidius later had the
office in the Kaufmann Church and the Church of St. Michael. Heinrich
then went to Arnstadt, and Christoph, Johann Sebastian's grandfather had
three sons in Erfurt: Georg Christoph, Johann Christoph and Johann
Ambrosius, the father of Johann Sebastian Bach. He married Elisabeth
Lämmerhirt in 1668 in the Kaufmann Church. She was related to the
mother of the Weimar organist Johann Gottfried Walther, who was later
befriended with Bach.
Sebastian Bach himself was here once in 1716 to test the organ in the
Augustiner Church and probably more often to visit his relatives. For in
Erfurt too, the traditional family get-togethers took place. However a
longer stay of Bach here is not known.
Johann Sebastian Bach 2000, p. 11, publisher: Thüringer
text: Christel Lautert, print: Weimardruck GmbH