Johann Sebastian Bach


Johann Sebastian Bach in the Ulm Muenster, Germany.



Johann Sebastian Bach. His life, his music, his work - stamps, books, short biography - quotes, FAQ, pictures - even a Johann Sebastian Bach cartoon film! Everything regarding Bach: you are right here on this website. Johann Sebastian Bach, in France they call him Jenn Sébastien Bach, in the Spanish language area, he is Juan 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 Shing 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 Something Again?


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


However, there is one exception: everything what you do not read there, that is what you find in the chapter "Johann Sebastian Bach". It is most of the time the chapter three, when there are special events, it might be chapter four. Here there are four short biographies and "The Facts". Here you will find the Bach Cities and the Bach Places: five or eight or twelve or thirty-three. Here are the choirs, orchestras and societies, which honor Johann Sebastian Bach in their names too. The page related to a cartoon is here and the so called "Ursprung" (... created by Johann Sebastian Bach). Plus you find the only, personal that is private letter, which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote to his friend Georg Erdmann in Gdansk.Plus here are listed the most exciting Bach Websites in the world and you learn why you can sing B-A-C-H, not Johann Sebastian Bach.


My JSBWM, the Manual for Your

Johann Sebastian Bach Website

This website 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 directs you finally to the point, where you want to get to. Welcome, when you are a Bach Fan already, 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 such with a lot of fun. Of course, we as the creators of this site are pleased about all who find there way to this portal via Bach's music, those who read a biography before and want to have more fun beyond the book with Bach. With "Bach on Bach" you are able to plan trips to "Bach Country" too. It's a little casual to say it that way, if you prefer, I could use the term "Land of the Bache". The "e" is the plural back then, today it would be Bachs. And, those, who want to discover Bach for the first time, is perfect here, because a selection of his work, which you may listen to, is no 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 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 the manual. 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 who you make the most of every page. So, this actually is text, which doesn't match to the theme of the page. To avoid, this doesn't get on the nerves on one or another, in the upper right corner there often is a short cut, with which you get to the actual theme of the page fast. The text matching to the theme is generally constructed for those with a certain amount of leisure and some time want to have fun being entertained, those who want to take time watching the photos and are excited by the underlines under the illustrations and do want that. The "short cuts" in the upper right corner and bold, are meant for those, who are in a hurry through the web. For those, who like it to the point, and best is "now". So, it would be now 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 with what you are interested in most. Or, you find this - my philosophy - nice and like it and go on reading, what I have to say. Of course you have accomplished the page much later, however, you 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 where you will find so many stories. And stories related to these stories. If you still research in the matter of Bach, which is still possible today, then you meet the unbelievable, new facts, opposite facts, astounding stuff, funny details and strange information. Hier, on "Bach on Bach" you will find the results, the findings, the objections. However, not only these things, because these discoveries come with our stories. Relationsships develop, we met exciting people, made friendships, you discover cousins 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 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 pyramid in the desert sand of Gizeh in Egypt - even if the scale of your discovery is way smaller, and the size of what you found is too.


Now you have the choice: either you decide for 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 page and decide to switch to read about the master, who was ennobled the greatest composer of all times by the New York Times in the year 2011: Johann Sebastian Bach.


The video coming with the short biography about Johann Sebastian Bach. Just a quick experience, to learn where the star was living and acting. This way it's entertaining and you are through in nine minutes.


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


The Bach Website Which Is A Little Different


B-A-C-H: you can actually sing and play this name. But that isn't true anywhere 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 are already existing on the internet here and there. That in mind, I do not offer only one biography, but several ones, one among them is a short biography and one is an ultra short biography. You will not find just five Bach postage stamps, but 150 Bach stamps. Then there are Bach pictures and Bach videos as well as Bach quotes and Bach tributes. Of course you will find Bach FAQ. No question, I offer Bach music and you will learn about the BWV. After your reading you will know the secret behind B-A-C-H. Plus, you will know about the letter to Georg Erdmann. And who was Georg Erdmann. We level your way to the excitement Bach House Eisenach, to the Bach Archive at Leipzig, to the Bach Stem Location at 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, in Germany and in German these are about 100 to 200 about the master. And believe me, 100 to 200 that is enough to produce some kind of confusion. Of course, so I will deliver such a service as well for Bach books in English. We find, 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 I 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.


All around Bach is complicated. Every Subarea challenging. This project is based on my back then wish, to get entrance into that theme. At a time, when I began, to be interested in the composer, the band leader, the Thomas Cantor, the musician Bach from Eisenach. And for his family. Shortly after that for his work as well, for his music and his life. And what came out with it? Interest, no better: a big interest, to share my discoveries with more folks. With my Johann Sebastian Bach website, which you discovered recently. Because I am an entertainment fan, 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 Bach and much, much historic and authentic material? Pictures of books, drawings, erasures. Of age-old postcards, of engravings of 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, regarding the Bach genealogy experts still fight today and if you like a little confused coming with a Bach biography, then just click there now. Do you know a guidepost into the music of Johann Sebastian Bach? How you grapple 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 is just in the process to get lost again and is waiting, that just somebody is finding it in the endless size of the internet by accident or by the advice of a competent person. As said before: all around Johann Sebastian Bach is complicated.


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 reddest of all.


Bach Books Over Bach Books


With Books on 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.


If you are looking for a book about Johann Sebastian Bach, you realize very fast - which such a theme you have agony of choice. Because there aren't dozens of books. There are hundreds. Well - not all of them are up-to-date. But in Germany there are probably 100 to 200, from which you can choose. There is not just one Bach biography. No, there are ten or twenty, which you find as a choice. There are historic biographies about Johann Sebastian Bach 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 ans those, who are nor real authors yer. There are just: Bach books over Bach books about this exceptional musician from the city of Eisnenach: Johann Sebastian Bach.


With that Johann Sebastian Bach biography 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.


But now - there is a ray of light regarding the theme of Bach. Because from now on there 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. One hundred, may be a few more on the German site, even less on the English site. Relatively less. But not just presented. I have looked for them for you. Among 24,000 Bach books and some 54,000 publications, which exist about the theme of Bach today.


There are three books, which just have the theme of Bach genealogy. Tons of information around the Bach family of musicians and around Johann Sebastian Bach. My research on the Bach genealogy is based on these three "bibles" - and you will discover that: we found secrets well beyond their content


We have 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 - again we didn't do such. We have researched those 100 Bach books, according to our personal taste. Thoase, which I do not present you here now are mainly excellent too. How could I decide to call those which I didn't choose call tares! They are not! But they are less my taste - than those, which I present you on the Bach book pages. And which I comment. Bach biography, Bach travel guides, Bach novels, Bach books for children. And some Bach books, which you almost cannot imagine regarding this theme.


24,000 Johann Sebastian Bach books in just 250 years? Sure. And all of them are perfectly cataloged. 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. Here, right here on this Page of my Johann Sebastian Bach website, I offer you a little "manual" - for your navigation. So you fin even better what you are looking for - on this Bach page. And I explain on this very first page, what it's about with one or the other category on this web portal. This explanation minimizes your frustration. And it intensifies your fun. And I wish you, fun for such. Hardcore surfers may apologize, this mental walking frame - but why are you still here? Seriously: please forgive me. I am a Funny-Maker. They would have called it joker in the beginning of the last century. Today I am and I remain a Punchinello. Generally, this project is not slapdash, but always "different". It needs and wants, your time. It wants to be a Bach adventure park. And it needs your leisure. But it doesn't show up baroque style. Just because he is fitting so perfect into this epoch. This project wants to be a little bold. And cool - and modern. Whether Johann Sebastian Bach website and our Bach project will meet that goal. We will see.


In the past I shared my ice cream -  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 twenty to thirty times more like there are people in Germany. Of course, as it is 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 of the Atlantic. You just want to know, where your folks came from.


We are infected. My wife and I. Ancestry. A trend passion. And the 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. Than 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 - is the age to start researching. And often - it is just one person in a generation.


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


For everyone, who can imagine - after the reading of our adventure with the family of musicians Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach - to research his own family, I 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 of you. And an enthusing for those, who thought about such earlier. However: you never know whether you as an advanced researcher 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 question of course.


The following paragraph is for my German audience only and tells that if they manage to find just one line leads them into the United States of America, this will be more than rewarding. Then they would experience the same like my wife and I did, both of us found ancestors in the U.S.. I compared such a development like having found a medieval treasure chest. With gold and jewelry. And why this is so... 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 and 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 work on my English. Promise. As soon, as the Johann Sebastian Bach project is sort of accomplished.


The Bach genealogy in the United States of America: here 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? Twenty to thirty. Some twenty or thirty times as many folks in the U.S. research their history compared to Germany - that is my guess. And when so many individuals research so much, you 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 tell you? It's like hunting Ü-Eier. That will become tough. What is an Ü-Ei? First: the Ü stands for Überraschung. Which is surprising. The Eier is eggs. So these are surprise-eggs  (Ü-Eier). What is an Ü-Ei? A surprise-egg is an egg from chocolate wrapped in the famous orange and white tin foil. Inside the egg is hollow. And there is a little toy inside. These eggs are existing 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-Eis in the USA as the law tells, 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. Is it a strange website - this Johann Sebastian Bach website. It is. I told you so.


The Family of Musicians Bach 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 Bach Genealogist, this is a difference like between George Bush and George W. Bush. Correct, 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 challenge. After all - is there one Veit Bach - or are there two? Johann Christoph Bach is a name, you don't even need to start googling. Because the most famous Johann Christoph Bach covers with his name all the information about 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. How warns you, it is not the same person? When the Milan Bach is the London Bach all the same time and when the Berlin Bach is the Hamburg Bach all the same time, then it is just: confusing. This is what the Bach genealogy is: strange. That is 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 offsprings. As if there is no different name but Johann or Christoph. At least the number of spouses of Johann Sebastian Bach is clearly arranged. These 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. His first spouse was the lady shown on no picture at all. None at all! From 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. 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 discover, if you like such a thing, 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 would have been 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, which decorates the Page No. 1 on 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 of Johann Sebastian Bach.


It wants to be exciting - the overall project "Bach on Bach". With all its themes and sections. I want, that you don't find much anywhere else. That is why I make much different. A real 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. Yes 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 "Biographiy" corner there is a show as well and you will find the first biography about Bach in 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 it. 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 this internet portal there is much to discover. It may be 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 too serious. One restriction: you can expect quality. Everywhere (... One exception: my Englsih grammar): with pictures, reproductions, in the Bach genealogy section, the research, the editing, the little shows. 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 fit 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". Than 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 Brnadenbrug 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 did the Bach Society and dissolved after that goal was accomplished according to the 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 in Bach On Bach you will learn more.


Music "not from this world": music of the Royal Polish and Electoral Saxony 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 a relation of his genius, which all day long had to fight the mean, than it's my opinion, just my opinion, that this anecdote is really inappropriate, if you try to judge Bach's temper with this isolated story.


And 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 is what he left his posterity. Exactly: it's the famous letter to his school friend Georg Erdmann.


While you almost know, what other artist liked best for desert, we know about Johann Sebastian Bach - almost nothing. The exception is, what was written inside. In this letter from Leipzig. In this letter from Johann Sebastian Bach to his school friend Georg Erdmann.


The letter to his school friend Georg Erdamm - here at Leipzig, Johann Sebastian Bach has written it. 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

That 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 exciting. It's more than collecting facts. This is what already exists. On paper and on the internet. But better, like Johann Sebastian Bach would probably do, editing them. So they are fun while you approach the person of Bach and his life. That is the 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: with perfect music, with 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 the serious people, the Bach enthusiasts and the Bach confessors, 53.000 authors and thousands of publisher companies 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 exciting: so it looks impressing. An interesting question is, when will there be a Bach House to honor this world famous artist in Weimar?


Johann Sebastian Bach FAQ


Bach FAQs, or if you will Bach FAQ. With or without "s"? Let's don't care. Or call them Q & A if you want. 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 answer "to the point": all is related to Johann Sebastian Bach, but to the family of musicians as well.


Bach FAQs (or if you like that better in the plural as well without a "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 are projected. Now, it's the spring of 2014, more and more finally find their way to this website, so to speak. Combined with the Bach Music Videos there will be more than 1.150. Most of them have a length of three to six minutes. Just watch one or two and maybe you get hungry for more, or may be - for all?


What is necessary to explain? What is may be necessary to explain? May be 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 that 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. Then there are the Bach Music Videos. First, there are the most well-known and most popular of Bach works, which you can chose to listen. Plus, for the reason you can watch something during 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 for another photo theme after the first. Impostant, so important, that I tell you better here and on the page. You first must decide for a music piece. Click the title in the red navigation. Then decide for 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 two centuries the name of Bach was also linked to a whole and the big family of musicians. This family was so much linked to deliver a high quality of music, like only a few companies manage and managed this today. Keywords are Caterpillar, Google and XYZ. In Austria, for instance, you "kärcher" which means you pressure clean something. Actually mostly with one of these yellow machines, which are produced by the German company in Swabia: Kärcher. Back then it was the Bachs who they wanted to hire. Even in a period, when almost no Bach anymore worked in such a position, they called this group of folks: the Bachs, actually the Bach with an "e" at the end, which was plural 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 begins 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 had never been in Wechmar. But Veit Bach, who isn't missing in any biography, had died here in 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 confuse with Wechmar. Hier you may watch the show, if you liked the videos above. By the way, in Weimar Johann Sebastian Bach has lived and worked twice. One was a very short period, one was a very long time.


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


But there are different exciting Bach Videos on the Bach Video Page of this website. For you I researched the internet 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, some of them are excellent, some perform Johann Sebastian's music to perfection - but you will find those as well without my help. In my second 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 shake your head. Well, you probably remember: Really serious that are different places. Here it's... - Funny as well.


This video related to stamps around the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach is 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 real rewarding tour destination in the matter of Bach.


A next category of Bach Videos. You hear one music work 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. There are German touristic highlights for Bach Enthusiasts from abroad, there a 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 unsharp (... For instance on the internet), then you are 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 think twice how you find out, where and how to get a summary - that is a summary about all 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 coming 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 as well 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 nowhere. Not on the internet, not in the real world.


Johann Sebastian Bach

Quotes and Tributes


Bach tributes, respectively Bach quotes (... It depends from which view you see it) - here is the one of German composer Max Reger: one of the sections, I have prepared really uncommon for you. It's a total of 66 tributes or quotes related to Johann Sebastian Bach are awaiting you. And all of them ... - You will experience in a better font than the one in the picture above, from musician Reger.

Actually on the Bach tributes section respectively quotes section you won't find the quotes, which Johann Sebastian Bach said about others. Here at "Bach On Bach" it's about tributes, which famous, at least known personalities said about the work or the person of the master. 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, which will not be happy with the name of the person who adored 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 click yourself clever. There are some 66 quotes and tributes. But there aren't 66 authors, as one of them has said more than one tribute. One or another didn't make it into the collection. Never this page wants to state the status of completeness. It has to remain entertaining. The last statement is true with the exception of the stamps, the most tributes regarding Bahc 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, which one that is, feel free to click here - for you I installed a back button there. If you are pleased with Bach tributes, then you will have a 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 - mine will be the most complete again after a couple of days.


Ludwig van Beethoven: his tribute about the tributes to Johann Sebastian Bach has even found its way on 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 Bach, will be rewarded here. Nowhere else you will find so many different and consequently sharp, high resolution and exciting photos and images around the theme of Johann Sebastian 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 good or both, is allowed to get in here.


The Johann Sebastian Bach Picture Archive at "Bach On Bach". Dozens of themes, hundreds of photos, a visual promenade through the land of the Bachs and beyond.


What 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 lightens 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 good weather conditions, that is 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 locations and finally to take photos of these locations. After that we edited the tons of photos, optimized them and finally not only use them as illustration of many, many pages of this website, but also collect 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 "Johann Sebastian Bach City". However there is no doubt, Erfurt is Bach City. More than 60 files in the church records of Erfurt are related to the Bach family of musicians. Almost everything, what is beautiful in Erfurt, I have photographed for you. You can experience the photos in the "Department Bach Pictures", one at a time. Or you can decide in the "Department Bach + Music" for one piece and then decide for the theme of Erfurt and click the matching theme.


Practically all Bach Cities and Bach Places are photographed with perfect weather. With many, many details - all what 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. For the history, to Bach and sometimes just for fun, because I love taking photos, you 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 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 4 hours experience 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, 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 in there 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 - This Way You Don't Know It

This website wants to be  a guarantee for surprises always - and that will remain this way into the future. So you have read a chapter regarding the music of the master already. Here now you learn about a very uncommon art to learn more about this music and Bach's work. How Bach music sounds, especially the very well-known piece that is what you already know for sure. However, if you don't sit in a concert hall, you hear from your surround sound system or have your headphones on, why don't you offer your eyes in the next round something special and interesting? And like standing in front of Italien ice cream ever you are offered to mix your own ingredients. Exactly 33 themes of really beautiful photos and exciting pictures is what we have collected and put together for you. IN addition we collected the 33 most admired 33 music works of Johann Sebastian Bach. And 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 options, 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 have in my head right now, it's the beginning of February 2013. To spread the cultural assets Johann Sebastian Bach even more and even more dynamic 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 about the master in one's own mother language (I know  a mother language is always one's own mother language). Much fun with learning English and talking English I know that even with 20 years of experience, that I am challenged by text, buy a book or a movie more than if I experience it in German language. And this is why I hope for help from abroad. I hope for support from students or of Bach enthusiasts, who is not "just coming along the way". There is much ambition and time needed, but my concept is entailed. And if it works out, what I imagine and how I imagine this, then there will be much Bach knowledge to earn one day in 33 international versions and beyond. And besides the languages spoken by our neighbors and those in the European Union, there are left such challenges like Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Russian and Indonesian.



The Chinese version of the "Bach on Bach" project. Like this one there is a Korean, a Hebrew, an Arabian, an Indonesian and some thirty versions more. Our pride is the Chinese page and the Chinese biography show about Johann Sebastian Bach. Do you just want a quick check, who exotic that sounds and what it 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 the section "Famous Composers and Families of Musicians" on this website there is a little service regarding the colleagues of Johann Sebastian Bach. On the one hand, there will be a separate little website, where you find many, many composers of all epochs in the close future, on the other hand there is a whole chapter about these guys her on "Bach on Bach" which provides you with some general information plus an offer to more exciting websites of these musicians. Created by me, 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) - a portal for all events around the theme of Johann Sebatsian Bach on earth. That was planned earlier in the project. It is one of those ideas, which I didn't develop until the end. But a little piece of art coming with it is accomplished and you see it in the picture above. And this little artwork remains. 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? It depends, but we clear that up for you. With a whole page and indeed much exciting information.


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


Plus, there are three more cities and communities which are absolutely 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 rigth away: there has been the 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 might argue about that.


Plus, there are some few collection of houses, which had been existing as a communities but are not anymore. There are location, where Johann Sebastian once was, but he didnÄt 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 Citie 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, worked or has at least married.


All Books Related to Bach


Dozens of books - so there is at least one section that helps you seriously with a decision, which one to read. Are you in the mood to find out more? 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 it short or as a second option to write just like I love tow rite. Finally, I decided for the second option. As you always have the option to cancel the rest, take a short cut and start to explore the page on your own. As it's well arranged. And this website is designed to be a Johann Sebatsian Bach adventure park. However, maybe you are here to let me entertain you in the matter of the master. May be you like the style of writing, my style of writing. And then it's not about to write all that in a shorter way, as in our current internet era, there is almost left time for nothing and there is almost no time left to enjoy something, what 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 that, take yourself some time, when you discover the many Bach stamps, take your time when you watch all the Bach videos or when you discover all those Bach photos in The Bach Image archive. And, just for fun, make acquaintance with the FAQ. Or I invite you as a guest for a Bach Short Biography or a one hour Bach biography. Nowhere else you get, you have an overlook about all current ready to buy books which I prepared for you. The same thing is true for the genealogy. It's unique in size and incorrectness in the world. The Quodlibet is worth a click. Really. Or the Bach cartoon. 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 had fun living: Author Peter Bach jr. in an original historic Bavarian costume  - the latest chapter in a Bach genealogy.