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Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0109

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany into a family of highly talented musicians. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the Duke of Eisenach's court trumpeter and taught him to play the violin and the harpsichord early. His uncle, Johann Christoph Bach, organist at St. George's Lutheran Church in Eisenach and the father of five musically gifted sons, taught him to play the organ. Music was thus a highly significant part of the Bachs' family life.


  • bach;
  • Johann Sebastian (1685–1750);
  • cantor of St. Thomas’ lutheran church;
  • family;
  • of talented musicians;
  • the duke of eisenach's court trumpeter