Bach, Johann Sebastian


Basic data

  1. March 31, 1685greg. in Eisenach
  2. July 28, 1750 in Leipzig
  3. Komponist, Organist
  4. Leipzig, Köthen, Mühlhausen, Arnstadt, Weimar, Lüneburg, Ohrdruf, Eisenach


1748 portrait of Bach, showing him holding a copy of the six-part canon BWV 1076.[1] (Source: Wikimedia)
Johann Ambrosius Bach, 1685, Bach's father. Painting attributed to Johann David Herlicius [de] (Source: Wikimedia)
The Wender organ Bach played in Arnstadt (Source: Wikimedia)
Organ of the St. Paul's Church in Leipzig, tested by Bach in 1717 (Source: Wikimedia)
Bach's autograph of the first movement of the first sonata for solo violin, BWV 1001 (Source: Wikimedia)
St. Thomas Church and School, Leipzig in 1723 (Source: Wikimedia)
Café Zimmermann, c. 1720 (Source: Wikimedia)
Bach's seal (centre), used throughout his Leipzig years. It contains the superimposed letters J S B in mirror image topped with a crown. The flanking letters illustrate the arrangement on the seal. (Source: Wikimedia)
A handwritten note by Bach in his copy of the Calov Bible. The note next to 2 Chronicles 5:13 reads: "NB Bey einer andächtigen Musiq ist allezeit Gott mit seiner Gnaden Gegenwart" (N(ota) B(ene) In a music of worship God is always present with his grace). (Source: Wikimedia)
"O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden": the four-part chorale setting as included in the St. Matthew Passion (Source: Wikimedia)
Bach's guide on ornaments as contained in the Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (Source: Wikimedia)
"Aria" of the Goldberg Variations, showing Bach's use of ornaments (Source: Wikimedia)
Bach's autograph of the recitative with the gospel text of Christ's death from St Matthew Passion (Matthew 27:45–47a) (Source: Wikimedia)
The Art of Fugue (title page) – performed by Mehmet Okonsar on organ and harpsichord Nos. 1–12 Nos. 13–20 (Source: Wikimedia)
The church in Arnstadt where Bach had been the organist from 1703 to 1707. In 1935 the church was renamed "Bachkirche". (Source: Wikimedia)
Painting of Johann Sebastian Bach by 'Gebel', before 1798 (Source: Wikimedia)
Image of the Bach memorial [de] erected by Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig in 1843 (Source: Wikimedia)
1908 Statue of Bach in front of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Source: Wikimedia)
28 July 1950: memorial service for Bach in Leipzig's Thomaskirche, on the 200th anniversary of the composer's death (Source: Wikimedia)

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