Johann Sebastian Bach


Johann Sebastian Bach in the Ulm Muenster, Germany.





Johann Sebastian Bach. His life, his music, his work - stamps, books, short biographies - quotes and tributes, FAQs, pictures - even a Johann Sebastian Bach cartoon film! Everything regarding Bach: you are perfect here on this website. Johann Sebastian Bach, in France they call him Jean-Sébastien Bach, in the Spanish language area, he is Juan Sebastian Bach and in Albania they write Bach "Bah", so it sounds properly, when you pronounce it. However: whether it is Johann, Jean, Juan - he is, he was and he will remain one of the greatest musicians on Earth.


Welcome to the cross media Project "Bach on Bach". With its two subjects - not just one. Of course firstly it's about the most famous family of musicians all over the planet. And it's about the outstanding shining figure in the middle, the Thomas Cantor Johann Sebastian Bach. Secondly, everything is about the theme of genealogy and in particular, of course, it is about the Bach Genealogy, about the genealogy of this special family of musicians from Thuringia in Germany.



Johann Sebastian Bach - How and Where Do I Find Everything, when I Return?


You probably have experienced it before: you discovered something exciting on a website. Then, when you come back later, it is sort of hidden so well, that you don't find it again. Because the theme of "Johann Sebastian Bach" is complicated anyway, this website doesn't want to add one more challenge. So it is actually really easy: the navigation is to your left, that 's easy, like on almost every website. There are some fifteen chapters, in which you find exactly what is labeled.


However, there is one exception: everything that you'll read there, is what you find in the chapter "Johann Sebastian Bach". It is most of the time chapter number three. When there are special events, it might be chapter number four. In the "Johann Sebastian Bach" chapter you will find four short biographies and "The Facts". Here you will find the Bach Cities and the Bach Places: five or nine or twelve or thirty-three. Here are the choirs, orchestras and societies listed, which honor Johann Sebastian Bach in their institution's names. The section related to a cartoon is here plus the so called "Ursprung" (... created by Johann Sebastian Bach himself). And, you'll find the only personal, that is to say private letter, which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote to his friend Georg Erdmann in Gdansk. Finally here are listed the most exciting Bach websites in the world and you will learn why you might be able to sing B-A-C-H, not Johann Sebastian Bach.


My JSBWM, My Manual for Your

Johann Sebastian Bach Website


This website which related to one of the greatest composers and musicians of all times is designed for many who are interested in this phenomenon "Johann Sebastian Bach" and so my little manual might help. Plus, it finally directs you to the point where you want to get to. Welcome, whether you are a Bach fan already, or if you love the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and want to learn more about him. Plus, students and kids are very welcome here: especially for you these pages are designed not only to learn more about the master, but to do so with a lot of fun. Of course, we as the creators of this site are pleased about all who find their way to this portal: via Bach's music, those who have read a biography before and now want to have more fun beyond the book with the theme of Bach. With "Bach on Bach" you are able to plan trips to "Bach Country" too. This term indeed is a little casual and if you prefer, I could use the term "Land of the Bache". The "e" is the plural of Bach back then, today it would be the Bachs. For those, who want to "discover" Bach for the first time, it's perfect here, because a selection of his musical works, which you may experience here on this website, is not a collection of my taste, but the very objective "mirror" of millions of Google and YouTube results.



Here, just for a trial, you get to the page with

the music videos. From there you get exactly back

to this point. Why don't you give it a try now?



However, let's get back to my manual for you. Like this third paragraph on page one and the two before, all pages on this website are constructed in the same way. First there is a general information about the theme, a proposal for the perfect reading fun and excitement fun or how you can make the most of every page. So, this is actually text, which doesn't match to the theme of the page. To avoid this so it won't get on your nerves on one page or another, in the upper right corner there often is a short cut, with which you get to the actual theme of the particular page fast. The text matching to the theme, later, is generally constructed for those with a certain amount of leisure and some time. This is for those who want to have fun being entertained, those who want to take the time watching the photos and who are excited by the underlines under the illustrations and such like. The "short cuts" in the upper right corner and in bold letters, are meant for those who are in a hurry on the web. It is for those who like it "to the point", and want it right now. So, it would be now for the first time for you to decide, whether you want to learn more about Johann Sebastian Bach. If so, scroll back up, check the navigation in the middle and help yourself to what you are interested in most. Or, you share my philosophy and find this nice and want to go on reading what I have to say. Of course you will have "accomplished the page" much later. However, you will know how to speed up at any given point. For some, who have found this page, it's like a sort of theme park offer too, so to speak a Johann Sebastian Bach Adventure Park. Here is the Bach website where you will find so many stories around the important stuff. And stories related to these stories. If you research into the matter of Bach, which is still possible today, then you meet some unbelievable new facts, opposite facts, astounding stuff, funny details and strange information. Here, on "Bach on Bach" you will find the results, the findings, the objections. However, not just these facts, because these discoveries always came with our stories. Relationships developed, we met exciting people, made friendships, so you can discover cousins of Johann Sebastian Bach and their families. It's the hunt for antique engravings and paintings, booklets and books, paintings and this and that. We call these trophies "jewels": lovable mistakes on printings and stamps, or we discover notes of Johann Sebastian Bach on stamps to honor the jungle doctor Albert Schweitzer. And after we finally worked out, with which distance the family of Johann Sebastian Bach is the most notable and largest family of musicians, then it's like you are the one who found the peak of the pyramids in the desert sand of Gizeh in Egypt - even if the scale of your discoveries is way smaller, and the size of what you found is too.



Now you have the choice: either you decide on one of the themes about Johann Sebastian Bach in the navigation to your left and up, or you decide to go on reading here. If you go on reading on this page you upgrade your pleasant anticipation, read more about the goal of this website and the project and decide to switch to read about the master, who was ennobled as the greatest composer of all time by the New York Times in the year 2011: Johann Sebastian Bach.


The video comes with the short biography about Johann Sebastian Bach. It's just a quick experience, to learn where the star once was living and acting. This way, with music and narrated text it's entertaining and you "are through" in just nine minutes.


The video comes with the work and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Thirty-three pieces in just five minutes? That is what we accomplished here easily. However, this "musical introduction" is really meant for kids and visitors, who believed until today, the name of Bach is only related to flowers by Dr. Edward Bach from Great Britain.


The Bach Website That Is a Little Different


B-A-C-H: you can actually sing and play this name on an instrument. But that isn't true anywhere else in the world. It's only true in the German language area.


This website wants to be a little different compared to all others which already exist on the internet here and there. That in mind, I do not offer only one short biography, but several ones, one among them is a short video biography and one is an ultra short biography. You will not find just five Johann Sebastian Bach postage stamps, but 150 Bach stamps. Plus, there are Bach pictures and Johann Sebastian Bach videos as well as Bach quotes and Bach tributes. Of course you will find Johann Sebastian Bach FAQs. No question, I offer Bach music and you will learn about the BWV. After reading, you will know the secret behind B-A-C-H. Plus, you will know about the famous letter of Bach to George Erdmann, and who was George Erdmann at all. We level your way to the excitement of "Bach House in Eisenach", to the Bach Archive in Leipzig, to the Veit Bach Mill in Wechmar and to all Bach monuments worldwide. Bach books will play a big role on this website: Bach books for every Bach related area. Not that we want to introduce all 24,000 books, which were written regarding this theme and have been published later. No, it's entirely around those ones which are exciting today as freshly printed copies. In Germany and in German language these are about 50 to 100 books about the master. And believe me, 50 to 100 is enough to produce some kind of confusion. Of course, it does. So I will deliver such a service as well for Bach books in English soon. We found, if you would separate those books in sections like Bach biographies, Bach novels, Bach children's books as well as Bach travel guides, that would be a cool idea - and that is what we have done.


Johann Sebastian Bach in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. Here you see him on an age-old steel engraving.


Music, Work and Life of

Johann Sebastian Bach


Father of Johann Sebastian Bach: Johann Ambrosius Bach.



Everything about Bach is complicated. Every subarea is challenging. This project is based on my wish back then, to get an entry into that theme myself. That was in the time when I began to be interested in the composer, the band leader, the Thomas Cantor, the musician Johann Sebastian Bach from Eisenach. And in his family. Shortly after that for his work as well, for his music and his life. And what came out of it? Interest, even better: a big interest, to share my discoveries with more folks, with my Johann Sebastian Bach Website, which you have just discovered. Because I am an entertainment guy, of course this project created my goal to add exciting illustrations to the information. Just to lighten the text. And what fits better than adding impressive photos of the Bach cities and Bach places, stamps related to the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach and much, much historic and authentic material? Pictures of books, drawings, erasures. Of age-old postcards, and engravings and paintings, which are hundreds of years old. And what really is that ambitious? Alone to arrange the work of Bach, once a society came into being. That was the Bach Society. Experts still fight today regarding the Bach Genealogy. Do you know a guidepost into the music of Johann Sebastian Bach? How you grapple with Bach, approach him, how you find him? No? I thought so - because if there would be such a thing - at least I - wouldn't have found it. Like so much which has been discovered regarding Bach already, and has again been lost after that. Or it's just in the process to get lost again and is waiting for that somebody to find it in the endless depth of the internet by accident or by the advice of a competent person. As said before: Johann Sebastian Bach is complicated all round.


Johann Sebastian Bach by the weight: the heaviest Bach book weighs 5.5 lbs. The smallest book weighs just 0.13 lbs. The book you see above isn't the heaviest nor the lightest of all Johann Sebastian Bach books. However: it is the reddest of all.


Bach Books Over Bach Books


With Books about Johann Sebastian Bach you always receive an overwhelming option. Whether that is true in the English language area too, I still have to find out for you.


If you are looking for a book about Johann Sebastian Bach, you realize very fast - with such a theme you have the agony of choice. Because there aren't dozens of Bach books, there are hundreds. Well - not all of them are up-to-date. But in Germany there are probably 50 to 100 from which you can choose. There is not just one Johann Sebastian Bach biography. No, there are ten or twenty, which you find as a choice. There are historic biographies about Johann Sebastian Bach too and really up-to-date ones. There are well-known authors and less well-known ones. There are Bach books from specialists and those from newcomers. From real authors and those who are not real authors yet. There are just Bach books over Bach books about this exceptional musician from the city of Eisenach: Johann Sebastian Bach.


With this Johann Sebastian Bach Biography from among the Bach books you make a perfect choice. Wolff is one of the best authors in the past 250 years - and today he is the Bach specialist world wide.



Finally now - there is a ray of light regarding the "challenge of Bach books", because from now on these are my Bach book recommendations for you. I hope you see me smiling! On this Bach Website, I collected the very best books regarding the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach. Preselected for you, so to speak. However, here you will find relatively little publications related to the theme. Some one hundred, may be a few more on the German site. Fewer on the English website, but not yet presented. I have searched for them for you from among 24,000 Bach books and some 54,000 publications, which exist about the theme of Bach today.


There are three books, just around the theme of Bach Genealogy. Tons of information around the Bach Family of Musicians and around Johann Sebastian Bach. Our research on the Bach Genealogy is based on these three "bibles" ( ... plus one expertise, not published as a book) - and you will discover the following: we found secrets well beyond the content of these books above.



Have we checked on 24,000 books within 53,000 publications about Johann Sebastian Bach for you? No, not really. Did you believe such? No, we have checked the Bach books of the last 50 years for you, and we separated the wheat from the tares. No, kidding - again we didn't do such a thing. We have researched those 100 Bach books according to our personal taste. Those which I don't present here today are mainly excellent too. How could I decide to call those which I didn't choose tares? They are not! But they are less my taste - than those which I present you on these Bach book pages: Bach biographies, Bach travel guides, Bach novels, Bach books for children. And some Bach books which you almost cannot imagine are related to Johann Sebastian Bach.


24,000 Johann Sebastian Bach Books in just 250 years? Sure. And all of them are perfectly catalogued. By Yo Tomita, Professor Yo Tomita. You don't know him? Not yet.


A Funny Maker


A funny maker, that is what I am. That is what they called the great-grandfather of Johann Sebastian Bach. That was Hans, der Spielmann (...closest translation would be may be "Hans, the gleeman"). He was not what you call a comedian today. That is, as well, not what I am. There actually is no translation for the word used in back then German to nowadays German. Nobody uses the term "Funny Maker" any more. So I was looking for a similar word in English, which actually doesn't exist. Here, right here on this page of my Johann Sebastian Bach Website, I am fooling around every now and then. That is how I am. That is what is fun for me. And I wish you have fun with such as well. We go on with our manual and hardcore surfers may criticize this mental walking frame - but why are you still here? Seriously: please forgive me. As said, I am a Funny-Maker. They called it Joker in the beginning of the last century until today. Today I am and I remain a Punchinello. Generally, this project is not slapdash, but always "different". It needs and it wants your time. It wants to be a Bach Adventure Park. And it needs your leisure. However, it doesn't show up in baroque style, even though it fits so perfectly into this epoch. This project wants to be a little bold. And cool - and modern. Whether this Johann Sebastian Bach website and our Bach project will meet that goal? We will see.


In the past I shared my ice cream with her -  today I share Johann Sebastian Bach with you. By the way: the girl on the left didn't become my wife.


Genealogy in General - The Genealogy of Johann Sebastian Bach in Particular


In the United States of America many folks are researching their ancestors. I estimate it is ten to twenty times more than the people in Germany do. Of course, as it seems actually clear where the roots of Germans are: in Germany. In most cases. Or a little bit to the left or to the right. That is not the case on the other side of the Atlantic. You guys in the US just want to know where your folks came from.


We are infected, my wife and I. By ancestry research. A trend passion and our new leisure time occupation of choice. We were interested in it already two decades ago. But ... - you actually have to be "contaminated". And like with a cold, it doesn't work if there is the "genealogy virus alone". It needs ugly cold and rainy weather as well, so to speak, then the viruses are green lighted. And what the nasty weather means for a cold, your own age seems to be for ancestry. Age fifty is what professionals tell us - is the age to start researching. And often - it is just one person in a generation or in a family.


This is Bach genealogy too: on the right side is my Grandpa Herbert.



For everyone, who can imagine - after the reading of our adventure with the Bach Family of Musicians and Johann Sebastian Bach - to research his own family, I want to level the ground, so to speak. Not with the depth and expert knowledge like with the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach and his tribe. Nope, it is more like a guided approach for the beginners among you, and an enthusiasm for those who thought about such earlier. However, you never know whether you as an advanced researcher won't find something really new on my pages. Maybe a new way, outside the box, an idea, a different way. However, nothing would work in this chapter without the expertise of professionals, whom I questioned of course.


The following paragraph is for my German audience only and tells that if they manage to find just one line into the United States of America, this will be more than rewarding. Then they would experience the same as my wife and I did. Both of us found ancestors in the U.S. plus relatives. I compare such a development to like having found a medieval treasure chest with gold and jewelry. And why this is true. I told them to hop to the next picture and go on reading. By the way: you will discover throughout the project, that Renate and I are real America lovers. Starting in early childhood our love for America was growing each year. America for us is fun and challenging. Meanwhile, we have more friends in the States than in Germany and my promise is: I will work on my English, as soon as the Johann Sebastian Bach project is sort of accomplished.


The Bach Genealogy in the United States of America: between New York and Los Angeles not a single photo has been burnt during World War II.



Do you remember the factor of folks researching their roots when we compare Germany and the United States? Ten to twenty times. Some ten to twenty times as many folks in the U.S. research their history compared to people in Germany - that is my guess. And when so many individuals research so much, they do discover much. And there are many pictures, newspaper articles and stories. You find tons of age-old letters. And you cannot compare these discoveries with what you find here in Germany. How do I know? It's like hunting Ü-Eier. Hm, that will become tough to explain. What is an "Ü-Ei"? First: the Ü stands for Überraschung. Which is a surprise. The Eier are eggs. So these are surprise-eggs  (Ü-Eier) in Germany. What is an "Ü-Ei"? A surprise-egg is an egg from chocolate wrapped in the famous orange and white tin foil. The inside of these eggs are hollow and there is a little toy inside. But it's true in only every seventh egg. These eggs have existed in Germany for more than two or three decades and it's a real hype with them. Collectors pay high prices, there are collections and exhibits and for those who collect them, it's a real adventure to be surprised by the next content. By the way: you may not buy any "Ü-Eggs" in the USA as the law says it's against the law to combine food and toys, as little children might eat the toy and play with the chocolate. Of course that is not a translation of the German paragraph, but an entire explanation for you guys from abroad. It is a strange website - this Johann Sebastian Bach website. It is. I told you so.


The Bach Family of Musicians or Better: the Johann Sebastian Bach Genealogy


If you meet him - while browsing, on the internet, or somewhere else: it is Hans Bach, a Gleeman. It is not Hans Bach, the Gleeman. For a Bach genealogist, this is a difference like between George Bush and George W. Bush. Okay, or like the difference between day and night.



The Bache - better the genealogy of the Bache: Johann Sebastian Bach, Veit Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Christian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - a true challenge. After all - is there one Veit Bach - or are there two or even three? Johann Christoph Bach is a name, you don't even need to start Googling. Because the most famous Johann Christoph Bach covers his name with all the information and hides all the other 25 Johann Christophs. Hans a Gleeman shows up. But you have to be very smart, to realize he is not Hans the Gleeman. One Hans is a member of the family of musicians, Hans a Gleeman is not. A Gleeman, the Gleeman - der Spielmann, ein Spielmann in German, who warns you, it is not the same person? When the Milan Bach is the London Bach at the same time and when the Berlin Bach is the Hamburg Bach too, then it's just confusing. This is what the Bach Genealogy is: strange. That is to say Johann Sebastian Bach marries a nee Bach. And generally all of the Bachs seem to have much fun with choosing just one name for their offspring, as if there is no different name but Johann or Christoph. At least the number of spouses of Johann Sebastian Bach is clearly arranged. There were exactly two, and their names were Maria Barbara Bach and Anna Magdalena Bach. Correct, the last one was the lady with the little notebook. Bach's first spouse was not shown on any picture at all. None at all. For the second wife it's only probable there is none.


The names of all of them? Bach! Johann August Reinhold Bach and his sons. The father died during the sinking of the "Empress of Ireland" in 1914, on a trip from the United States to Thuringia. Is it all Greek to you? Doesn't matter - because now you have "Bach on Bach". Here you'll discover, if you like such connections, how Reinhold and our Johann Sebastian Bach are related.


It Is a Treasure Hunt Too - The Johann Sebastian Bach Genealogy


Man, mouse and the whole Bach Genealogy (... this would be the translation "word by word", as we say it in German. The correct translation for you guys is that "the ship sank with all hands"). Anyway... - only a few families lost all their genealogy documents on a cruise. Reinhold's daughter survived. We have a lovable correspondence with Reinhold's descendants today.



The "Empress of Ireland" - painted by Briana Bach-Hertzog, who is living in Virginia, USA today. She painted the portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach for my project too, which decorates the page 1 of this website. The artistic genes are conserved through the centuries, without any doubt.



Sunk on the eve of World War I: the ship and his history. Overshadowed by the start of the war in Europe, almost nobody remembers this catastrophe, when more passengers died than with the sinking of the Titanic. For us this is a really exciting document on a trip back in time in the direction to Johann Sebastian Bach.


It wants to be exciting - the overall project "Bach on Bach", with all its themes and sections. I want so that you don't find much anywhere else. That is why I make it so much different. A real short biography about Johann Sebastian Bach - that is what others do better. Here on "Bach On Bach" you get the life of Johann Sebastian Bach in a different way than in hundreds of publications in the last years: shorter and longer. Yes, plus bloomier as well. With illustrations, of course. Easily digestible. In different lengths, that is special. And illustrated differently. In the Johann Sebastian Bach section and there in the "biography corner" there is a video as well, and you will find the first short biography about Bach from the year 1750, the Necrology. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach: 33 of the most favored and most well-known pieces is what I was searching for you and I decided for those. And, you can listen to these works, either all of them in 333 seconds or in three minutes each. The Best of Bach - but it's not my taste, but the taste of the world. On my Johann Sebastian Bach Internet Portal there is so much to discover. And, it's clearly arranged, your Bach Website. But you won't explore it in ten minutes. That is not my approach. I want to keep you here. Please expect the unusual - but expect it never to be too serious. One restriction: you can expect quality. Everywhere (... one exception: my English grammar): with pictures, reproductions, in the Bach genealogy section, the research, the editing, the little videos. And I take a lot of time for this, including an optimization in the future as well. For your pleasure - and for mine as well.


Whether in the USA, the Netherlands or in Germany - Bach and music, that fits for centuries and that fits still today. It is really exciting how many descendants of the great-great-grandfather of Johann Sebastian Bach still make music today, how many make their living with music or are just creative beyond the music.


Johann Sebastian Bach Music


What would a Bach website be without Bach Music? In the section "Bach Work + Music" you won't find the most beautiful works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but the most favored and the most well-known. According to Google and YouTube.


He composed a lot. Very much. The master. No question, in perfection. The most popular pieces are - no doubt - The Well Tempered Piano, from that work a piece better known, especially outside Germany, with the title of "Air". Then the "Toccata" of Bach, the "Ave Maria" (... I know!), the Cantata for the Change of the Town Council, the Coffee Cantata, the Farmer's Cantata, but not - the Beer Cantata. The Brandenburg Concerts, the French Suites and so on... He wrote and composed so much, that Bach music lovers generated a whole Bach Work Catalog, the Bach Werke Verzeichnis, the BWV. That created the Bach Society and dissolved after that goal was accomplished according to their statute. That is why the actual NBG is the New Bach Society (Neue Bach Gesellschaft) today. It is, so to speak, the second edition. But this BWV is not the only catalog of Johann Sebastian Bach works. Here on "Bach On Bach" you will learn more.


Music "not from this world": music of the Royal Polish and Electoral-Saxon Court Composer Johann Sebastian Bach.


Johann Sebastian Bach: The Personality

It is said he was complicated. Once Johann Sebastian Bach threw his peruke. Seriously: have you never seen the calmest person "explode" one day? And if you put such an "outbreak of violence" of Bach - probably he had no better flying objects at that moment at hand - in relation to his genius, that is to say he had to work with so many students that couldn't sing a single note, then it's my opinion, just my opinion, that this hint is really inappropriate, if you try to judge Bach's temper with this isolated story.


That is how I judge the analysis of many known and reported events. Like the story around the unleashed epee of the organist Bach at Arnstadt. Little, very little is known of the private person of Johann Sebastian Bach. Exactly one letter with personal content is what he left for posterity. Exactly: it's the famous letter to his school friend George Erdmann.


While you almost know what other artists liked best for dessert, what we do know about Johann Sebastian Bach is almost nothing. The exception is what he wrote in his one mentioned letter. In this letter from Leipzig. In this letter from Johann Sebastian Bach to his school friend George Erdmann.


The letter to his school friend George Erdmann - Johann Sebastian Bach had written it here at Leipzig . It's the only document  in which Bach left something personal to the world - with the exception of his music of course.


Johann Sebastian Bach the Exciting Way: That Is what This Website Wants to Offer

This is what this Bach Website wants to offer: to highlight everything related to Johann Sebastian Bach, but as well to the Bach Family of Musicians. And it wants to do that in an exciting way. It's more than just a collection of facts, this is what is already exists on paper and on the internet. This website wants to do better. Like Johann Sebastian Bach would have probably done, editing the facts. So they are fun while you approach the person of Bach and his life. That is my actual goal. How you find your way to him and give him a chance, to present his music work, actually does not matter. I am serious, with much respect: offering perfect music, serving godly musical knowledge ... - that is what I am not perfect in. I am - like I mentioned - more "at home" in the section of entertainment. For all those serious people, the Bach enthusiasts and the Bach confessors, 53,000 authors and thousands of publisher companies have already cared. I just address the rest among you. And this website is for one or another, who finds that a combination is possible. Reference plus "very easy going" at the same time, so to speak.


Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar. The monument is photographed excitingly: only this way it looks impressive. An interesting question is, when will there be a Bach House to honor this world famous artist in Weimar?


58  Johann Sebastian Bach FAQs


Bach FAQs, or if you will Bach FAQ. With or without an "s"? Let's not care. Or call them Q&A if you like. However: there are 100 correct answers for 100 exciting questions. This is the section for kids, for students, for Bach Starters - here you get the answers "to the point": all are related to Johann Sebastian Bach, but also to the Bach Family of Musicians as well.


Bach FAQs ( ... or if you like the plural better as well without an "s" and for that reason, just Johann Sebastian Bach FAQ) is a special section on this JSB Website, which addresses students in particular, but Bach Novices as well. Bach FAQ has the perfect answers to the most asked questions related to Johann Sebastian Bach, to the famous Bach Sons or related to the music of Bach. First, you get a short answer to the point. After that you will find more and more detailed information related to the question. I put together exactly 100 questions for you and I will provide you with an answer to each of them.


Johann Sebastian Bach Videos


Bach Videos. Many, many Bach Videos were projected. Finally in the fall of 2014, almost all found their way to this website, so to speak. Combined with the Bach Music Videos there are now more than 1.150 videos for you to watch. Most of them have a length of three to six minutes. Just watch one or two and maybe you will get hungry for more, or maybe - for all?


What is necessary to explain? What is - may be - necessary to explain? Maybe the Bach Videos. Those who want to have real fun with this Johann Sebastian Bach Website get a very small "manual" here. The little shows and the Bach Music Videos are different. The shows come with narrated text and they are embedded in music. Mostly they present the Bach Cities and the Bach Places. You will discover the many domains where Bach lived and worked. But you will experience those places as well, where Bach lived before he got his first "real" job at Arnstadt. More little Bach Shows introduce Johann Sebastian Bach on stamps and there is a short biography. Beyond those nine Bach Cities and Bach Places there are many more villages and towns, which are linked to the name of Johann Sebastian Bach directly. Gotha for instance is one of the Bach cities and Erfurt too. In a third category you will find Bach Cities and Bach Places, in which the Thomas Cantor performed back then: just once or several times. And there are locations, where Bach inspected an organ.


Plus, there are the Bach Music Videos. First, there are the most well-known and most popular of Bach works which you can choose to listen to. And, for the reason you may watch "something" while you listen to this music of Johann Sebastian Bach, I offer you to choose from many, many interesting photo themes. You decide which one is right for you. Or, you listen to the same piece of music again, and decide on another photo theme after the first. Important, so important is something, that I should already better tell you about here and on the page later again. You first must decide on a piece of music. Click on the title in the red navigation, then decide on the photo theme you want to see. It doesn't work vice versa, because we would have to offer 1,158,921 Bach Music Videos instead of "just" 1,089. Sorry for your inconvenience.


Between the years 1600 and 1800 the name of Bach didn't only stand for the master himself. In these three centuries the name of Bach was also linked to a whole and large family of musicians. This family was so much said to deliver a high quality of music, like only a few companies managed and still manage this today. Keywords are Caterpillar, Google and Xerox. In Austria, for instance, you "kärcher" which means you pressure clean something. Actually mostly with one of these yellow machines, which are produced by a German company in Swabia: Kärcher. Back then it was the Bachs whom communities and churches wanted to hire. Even in a period when almost no Bach ever worked in such a position, they called this group of folks: the Bachs, actually the Bache with an "e" at the end, which was plural of Bach back then. This is one more reason why there are Bach Cities and Bach Places. However, on this Johann Sebastian Bach website all 33 Bach cities and Bach places are related to the composer, with the exception of a few, which are so heavily related to the Bachs as a family of musicians, that we just cannot skip them. All is sort of very confusing.


The story of Johann Sebastian Bach actually began in Wechmar in Thuringia. In the Bach place of Wechmar or better and in German: in the "Bach-Stammort Wechmar" on the doorstep of Gotha. Johann Sebastian Bach had never been in Wechmar. But Veit Bach, who isn't missing in any biography, had died here in the year 1619. With mentioning Veit in the "Ursprung" it's for the first time in Wechmar, when the name of Bach and a musical skill first met in history.


Not earlier than in 2014 this video has been accomplished. About Weimar, not to be confused with Wechmar. Here you may watch this show too, if you liked the videos above. By the way, Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked twice in Weimer. One was a very short period, one was a very long time.


This was our first accomplished Bach Video: about the city Erfurt, Thuringia. What a city! What a history! And in that video you will meet Bach author Helga Brueck. This video was accomplished in 2012.


There are different exciting Bach Videos on the Bach video page of this website. I researched the internet for you, checking on cool clips regarding the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach or his music. And it goes without saying that I would love to hear about more videos out there. What you don't find here for a purpose are typical videos like they are common on YouTube. They are nice, many of them are excellent, some perform Johann Sebastian Bach's music to perfection - but you will find those as well without my help. In my third section of Bach videos you will find this and that, what matches the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Funny performances, exciting ideas, small takes to smile about, plus Bach videos to just make you shake your head. Well, you probably remember: Really serious, these are different places on the internet. Here it has to be ... - funny as well.


This video related to stamps around the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach is really not designed for stamp collectors. It's designed for those among you, who just want to research for exciting stuff on this Johann Sebastian Bach Adventure Park. Come on, what are you waiting for? Try it. Click on the play button.


Are you too impatient to watch another Johann Sebastian Bach Video now? Then scroll down a little. If not, please find a foretaste to a really rewarding tour destination in the matter of Bach.


A next category of Bach Videos. You hear one piece of music  of Johann Sebastian Bach and you watch one theme of pictures of your choice. There are thirty-three picture themes and there are thirty-three music works. And that is how many Bach Music Videos? Exactly 1,089.


Johann Sebastian Bach Music Videos. You really do have to get used to the fact that we decided not only for themes of pictures, which are related to the composer, but more that are not related at all. There are German touristic highlights for Bach enthusiasts from abroad, there are picture themes for children, for nature lovers, for USA fans, for Paris enthusiasts. Why don't you try it out?


Johann Sebastian Bach Stamps

Whether it's about Johann Sebastian Bach stamps from the Caribbean...


A passion inside a passion - our Bach stamps. Yes, you just can fall in love with these little sticky cutes. And when you discover these little miniature works of art for the first time somewhere, tiny and diffuse (... for instance on the internet ... ), then you will be delighted. However, when you experience a Bach stamp "live" for the first time - so to speak, that is when you hold one in your hands and watch it - then it fascinates you. After that experience you might go for a hunt for the next Bach stamps. Then you don't just think about how to get them all, but you first think twice how you find out where and how to get a summary - that is to say a summary about all the Bach stamps on Earth, released until the present day. And you approach the philatelists. Because collecting Bach stamps hasn't been the fascination of collecting in general, not the pure excitement of stamps. In my case, it's ... - yes, it's the pleasure that comes with the theme of Bach, "department Bach stamps". At the same time there was my wish to present all those "jewels". That is, to present them to perfection, so you get excited. Please visit the round about 150 miniature works of art. Plus, if you like it, in an unbelievable resolution, size and sharpness via Flickr.

... or Bach stamps from Europe, Africa, South America or like this here, from China: on this Johann Sebastian Bach Website you will find all of them. More? You won't find more Bach stamps anywhere. Not on the internet, not in the real world.


Johann Sebastian Bach

Quotes and Tributes


Tributes to Bach, respectively Bach quotes (... it depends from which view you see it ...) - here is the tribute of German composer Max Reger: all together in one of the sections, I have prepared some really uncommon ones for you. It's a total of 66 tributes or quotes related to Johann Sebastian Bach, which are awaiting you.


Actually in the Bach tributes section, respectively the quotes section, you won't find the quotes which Johann Sebastian Bach said about others. Here on "Bach on Bach" it's about tributes, that famous, or at least known personalities said about the work of the master or about Johann Sebastian Bach. Sayings, wisdom and the mentioned tributes, which then became quotes in a time of 300 years. I collected them from the most different corners of the internet, I archived them, I recycled them with love and tinkered them for you in a new constellation. In addition, you get pictures of the personalities, who stated them - the quotes. And for those who will not be happy with the name of the person who adored Johann Sebastian Bach that much, I have added a short biography to let you know a little more about the admirer of Bach. Plus, if you can't really get enough, there is a link which makes you an expert if you "click yourself clever". There are some 66 quotes and tributes, but there aren't 66 authors, as some of them have said more than one tribute. One or another tribute didn't make it into the collection for several reasons. This page never wants to assume the status of completeness. It has to remain entertaining. The last statement is true with the exception of the stamps, the most tributes regarding Bach in a collection, the Bach Genealogy and a few disciplines more. And one quote is not allowed to enter the "Bach Hall of Fame". If you are interested in which one that is, feel free to click here - I installed a back button for you there. If you are pleased with Bach tributes, then you will have special fun with these 66 Bach tributes. It is, in my opinion the most complete collection of tributes to Bach. If you show me a more complete collection - mine will be the most complete again after a couple of days.


Ludwig van Beethoven: his tribute about the life works of Johann Sebastian Bach has even found its way onto a Bach memorial. You will meet both on this Bach Website. The tribute - and the Bach memorial.


The Johann Sebastian Bach Image Archive

Those who are just in the mood for pictures around Johann Sebastian Bach will be rewarded here. Nowhere else will you find so many different and consequently sharp, high resolution and exciting photos and images around the theme of Bach, like on this Johann Sebastian Bach Portal. It starts with the fact that only photos and images as well as illustrations are permitted, which are photographed in a high standard or scanned to perfection. So it's not about the completeness in this Bach niche of the internet, not at any price. Only what is beautiful or exciting and high quality, is permitted to get in here.


The Johann Sebastian Bach Picture Archive on "Bach on Bach". Dozens of themes, hundreds of photos, a visual promenade through the "Land of the Bache" and beyond.


What photos exactly will you find in the Bach Archive? For instance photos of the Bach cities and Bach places. Or many, many photos of the Bach monuments in the world. And when I took these photos myself, especially as this eases the copyright situation dramatically, then you get the Bach memorial from a frog's view, from the right, from the left, once from very close distance and another from 1 mile distance. And almost always with perfect weather conditions, which is pure sunshine. With only very few compromises. So that everyone realizes, actually you realize, how much fun I had, to find these locations and to experience these places and finally to take photos of these locations. After that we edited the tons of photos, optimized them and finally not only used them as illustrations of many, many pages of this website, but also collected them for this Bach Picture Archive. But there is more in that section, especially for Bach enthusiasts. But I won't tell you here. Find it out yourself.


Erfurt is no real "Johann Sebastian Bach City". However there is no doubt, Erfurt is a Bach City. More than 60 files in the church records of Erfurt are related to the Bach Family of Musicians. Almost everything that is beautiful in Erfurt is what I have taken photos of for you. You can experience the pics in the department "Bach Pictures", one at a time. Or you can decide for the department "Bach + Music" for one music piece of the master and then decide for the theme of Erfurt by clicking the matching theme.


Practically all Bach cities and Bach places are photographed during perfect weather. With many, many details - all that you can do without an extended vacation and without the knowledge of a local. Many an archway, many a Bach monument and many a detail made a second visit necessary. Because the sunshine came from the wrong direction. Or bad weather surprised me. You will discover perspectives and get many images of sights which you probably won't realize while visiting a first time in the matter of Bach. You will experience just the result which you get, if someone is not only interested in the passion of Johann Sebastian Bach but likes taking photos as well. However, all photos, which you might find perfect on this website, are placed as well on Flickr: better, sharper, in higher resolution. And all surfers with an experience of more than four hours surfing on the web may excuse the following - there is a manual for Flickr as well. Because we want to take care, don't we? Finally in this chapter of Bach photos: there are always more photos in the Bach Picture Archive than you think there are. It will be the biggest Bach Picture Archive in the world soon, and that is not just with "a few more images". It's necessary to find really a lot more pictures.


What else do you find there? Historic pictures, for instance. Much, what you might find on the internet here and there are in a poor quality already - but not in real high definition. Original documents, engravings, Bach portraits, historic sights of the Bach cities and Bach places, postcards, books ... - just: more, than you can imagine at this moment.


Music of Bach - You Don't Know it this Way

This website always wants to be  a guarantee for surprises ... - and that will remain this way into the future. So you might have read in the chapter regarding the music of the master already. Here now I present a very uncommon art to learn more about Bach's music and Bach's work. How Johann Sebastian Bach's music sounds, especially the very well-known pieces, that is what you already know for sure. However, if you don't sit in a concert hall, you listen to your surround sound system at home or you have your headphones on now, why don't you offer your eyes in "the next round" something special and interesting to watch? And like standing in front of an Italian ice cream variety, everything is offered here to you on "Bach on Bach" to mix your own ingredients: music and pics. Exactly 33 themes of really beautiful photos and exciting pictures is what we have collected and put together for you. In addition we searched for the 33 most admired music works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Now you may combine every piece of music with every theme of photos. It's actually true: you have the choice of 1,089 music and photo theme video combinations, which you may enjoy one after another.


Johann Sebastian Bach International

How do you get to the idea to offer a Johann Sebastian Bach Website in 35 language versions? It's that easy: I just overdo everything.


Yes, it's a little challenge which I had in my head back then. It was the beginning of February 2013. To spread the cultural heritage Johann Sebastian Bach even more and even more dynamically all over the planet, the internet is just perfect. And if there is one last exciting hurdle left, it is to communicate the most exciting things about the master in one's own mother language (I know  a mother language is always one's own mother language). With much fun learning English and talking English I know that even with 20 years of experience, that I am challenged by text, by a book or by a movie more than if I experience it in German language, my mother language.


And this is why I hoped for help from abroad. I still hope for support from students or from Bach enthusiasts, who are not "just coming along the way". Even before I ever asked, I met first Xi, next Elena and they translated my Chinese, my Russian and the Ukrainian version to perfection. There is much ambition and time needed, but my concept is entailed. And if it works out, what I imagine and how I imagine it, then there will be much Bach knowledge to learn one day. And that is in 35 international versions and maybe beyond. And besides the languages spoken by our neighbors and those in the European Union, there are such challenges left like Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese and Indonesian. When the English website is corrected to perfection, I will ask for help of students in universities all over the planet.



The Chinese version of the "Bach on Bach" project. Like this one there is a Korean, a Hebrew, an Arabic, an Indonesian and some thirty versions more. Our pride is the Chinese page and the Chinese biography shows about Johann Sebastian Bach. Plus there is a Russian and an Ukrainian version meanhwile. Do you just want a quick check what these versions looks like?


Famous Composers + Families of Musicians


If you want to learn more about the colleagues of "music poet" Johann Sebastian Bach and about the most famous music families on Earth, you are perfect here too.


In my section "Famous Composers and Families of Musicians" on this website there is a little more service regarding the colleagues of Johann Sebastian Bach. On the one hand, there will be a separate little website one day, where you will find many, many composers of all epochs. On the other hand there is a whole chapter about these guys here on "Bach on Bach" which provides you with some general information plus an offer to discover more exciting websites of these musicians. This is what I created for you, if you want to cheat on my favorite, Johann Sebastian Bach, just a little. If, for you, not just Johann Sebastian Bach counts, but more classical composers, and you want to join them now, please just click here.


The composer (Der Komponist) - an internet portal for all events on Earth around the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach. That is what I had planned earlier in the overall project. It was one of those ideas, which I didn't develop until the end. But a little piece of art ( ... the title page above) coming with it is accomplished and so I don't want to hide it. Here, this little artwork will remain in the future. However, there never was such a magazine.


33 Bach Cities and Bach Places


Finally it's clear. Clarity regarding the question, how many Bach cities and Bach places there are around. Five or eight or nine? Or are there thirty-three or more? Well, it depends, but we clear that up for you. With a whole page and indeed much exciting information.


Back to the locations, which you already may connect to the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. There is one question: did he "act" already at his place of birth? Sure he did, because he sang together with his father Johann Ambrosius Bach. More precisely, he sang to his father's music. Plus, both made money that way. So, to the point: he worked plus he was employed in five cities. Four more cities and villages is what you may add as important Johann Sebastian Bach places. That is a total of nine important Bach locations.


Next, there are three more cities and communities which are absolutely considered Bach cities and Bach places, but they are no real "Johann Sebastian Bach Cities". Why that is so, is what you don't find here. However, that much right away: there has been the Bach Family of Musicians as well.


Finally there are many, many cities and communities, in which Johann Sebastian Bach "has just done something". Whether these locations are Bach cities or Bach places just for that reason, we might very much argue about that.


Last but not least, there are some few "collections of houses", which had been existing as communities but they are not anymore. Plus, there are locations where Johann Sebastian Bach once was, but he didn't perform there, he didn't inspect there and it's the moment, where a little burlesque would start. If you now would like to learn more about these Bach cities and Bach places right away and why you may connect which one with Johann Sebastian Bach, than please click here.



There are nine Bach cities and Bach places, which have played an important role in the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. There he once lived, he worked or had at least married.


All Books Related to Bach


103  Dozens of books related to Johann Sebastian Bach - from now there is at least one section that helps you seriously with a decision, which book to read. Are you in the mood to find out more now? Just a click will do.


Are you still here? I am very pleased. So, I thank you much for your patience. I didn't take it easy: to make this introduction short or, as a second option to write just like I love to write. Finally, I decided on the second option. As you always have the possibility to cancel the rest, take a short cut or start to explore the page on your own, as it's well arranged. And this website is designed to be a Johann Sebastian Bach Adventure Park. However, maybe you are here to let me entertain you in "the matter of the master". Maybe you like the style, my style of writing. And that is why it's not about writing all that in a shorter way. In our current internet era, there is almost no time left for anything and there is almost no time left to enjoy something on the internet that you found recently, because you are actually already on the hunt for the next entertainment, which you want to consume as fast as you possibly can. Speaking of that, take yourself some time, when you discover the many Johann Sebastian Bach stamps, take your time when you watch all the Johann Sebastian Bach videos or when you discover all those Bach photos in The Bach Image Archive. And, just for fun, make acquaintance with the Bach FAQ. Or I invite you as a guest for a short Bach Short Biography or a one hour Bach Short Biography. Nowhere else can you get a collection of all current new books on the market: I prepared such for you. The same thing is true for the genealogy. It's unique in size and in correctness in the world. The so called Quodlibet is worth a click. Really. Or the Bach cartoon section. But now... - what are you waiting for? Thanks for your attention. Plus, as said, thank you for your time.


Peter Bach, Jr.


A long, long time ago I already had fun living: Author Peter Bach, Jr. in an original historic Bavarian costume  - the latest chapter in a Bach genealogy.