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 reagrding Bach: you are right here on this webiste. 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 its about the most famous family of musicians all over the planet. And its about the outstanding shing figure in the middle, the Thomas Cantor Johann Sebastian Bach. Secondly everything is about the theme of genealogy and in poarticular of course it is about the Bach genealogy, about the genealogy of this special family of musicians from Thuringia in Germany.
B-A-C-H: you can actually sing and play this name. But that isn't true anywhere in the world. It's true only in the German language area
This webiste wnats 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 a 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 guotes 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 Liepzig, to the Bach Stem Location at Wechmar and to all Bach monuments worldwide. Bach books will play a big role on this webiste: Bach books for every Bach related area. Not that we want to introduce all 24,000 books, which were written regadring this theme and have been published later. No, it's only about those ones which are exciting today, in Germany and in German these are some 100 to 200 about the master. And believe me, 100 to 200 that is enough to produce some kind of confusion. Of course soo 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 at Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. Here you see him on an age-old steel engraving
Father of Johann Sebastian Bach: Johann Ambrosius Bach
All around Bach ist 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 infomation. 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, ersaures. 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 beeing. That was the Bach Society, regarding the Bach genealogy experts still fight today and if you like a little confusion coming with a Bach biography, than 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 - bcause 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 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 lb. The smallest Bokk weighs just 0.13 lb. The book you see above isn't the heaviest nor the lightest of all Johann Sebastian Bach books. However: it is redest of all
With Books on Johann Sebastian Bach you always have an overwhelming choice. Wether that is true in the English language area too, I still have to find out
If you are lokking for a book about Johann Sebastian Bach, you realize very fast - which such a theme you have agony of choice. Bacause 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 hsitoric 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 exceptionell 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. Bacause 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. Pre selected for you - so to speak. However - here you will find relatively little publicatuons 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 beyound
We have checked on 24,000 books within 54,000 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 thos 100 Bach books according to our personell 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. Und which I comment. Bach biography, Bach travel guides, Bach novels, Bach books for children. And some Bach books, which you almost can not 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, 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 frustratuon. And it intenifies 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 aI 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 epoche. This project wnats to be a little bold. And cool - and modern. Whether Johann Sebastian Bach webiste 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
In the United States of America many folks are researching theier 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. Ma 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 reiny weather as well. Than the viruses are greenlighted. 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 too is Bach genealogy: 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. Hwever: 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 ould 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 procect, that Renate ans I are real america lovers. Beginning in early childhood and growing each year. America for us is fun and challenge. 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 ro 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 a re many pictures, newspaper articles and stories. You find tons of age-old letters. and you can not compare ths discoveries with what you find here in Germany. How do I tell you? It's like hunting Ü-Eier. That will get tough. What is an Ü-Ei? First: the Ü stands for Überraschung. Which is surprise. The Eier is eggs. So these are surprise-eggs (Ü-Eier). What is an Ü-Ei? A suprise-egg is an egg from chocolate wrapped in the famous ornage and white tin foil. Inside the egg is hollow. And there is a little toy iside. These eggs are existing in Germany for more than two or three decades and it's areal hype with them. Collectors py 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 transaltion of the German paragraph, but an entire explanation for you guys from abroad. Is it a strange webiste - this Johann Sebastian Bach webiste. It is. I told you so.
If you meet him - while browsing - on the internet - or somehwere else: it is Hans Bach, a gelleman. It is not Hans Bach, the gleeman. For Bach genealogits this is a differnece like between George Bush and George W. Bush
The Bache - better the 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 googleing. Because the the most famous Johann Christoph Bach covers with his name all the information of 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 gleemna - 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, than it is just: confusing. The 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. aAs if there is no different name but Jahann 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? Dooesn't matter - beccause now you have "Bach On Bach"
Man, mouse and the whole Bach genealogy (... would be the translation word by word. Corrdect translation would have been that the ship sank with all hands). Anway... only a few families loose all their genealogy documents on a cruise. Reinhold's daughter survived. We have a loveable correspondence with Reinhold's decendents 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 webiste. The artistic genes are conserved through the centuries, without any doubt
Sunk on the eve of World War I: the ship and his histroy. Overshadowed by the start of the war in Europe, almost nobody remembers this catastrophy, when more passengers died than with the sinking of the Titanic
It wants to be exciting -the overall project Bach On Bach. With all it's themes and sections. I want, that you don't find much anywhere else. That is why I make much different. A real biography oabout Johann Sebatsian 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 publicatuons in the last years: shorter. Yes bloomier as well. With illustrations, of course. Easy 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 negrology. 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 webiste. 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 grammer): 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
What would a Bach webiste 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 much. 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 actaual 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
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 anekdote is really unappropriate, if you try to judge Bach's termper with this isolated story.
And that is how I judge the analysis of many known and reported events. Like the story aorunfd the unleashed epee of the organist Bach at Arnstadt. Little, very little is knwon 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. Exception is, what was written inside. In this letter from Leipzig. In this letter from Johann Sebastian Bach to his school friend Georg Erdmann.