Bach FAQ 84

 

Which Is the Authentic Signature of Johann Sebastian Bach?

 

In several publications about Johann Sebastian Bach you find not just several signatures but many different of them. Johann Sebastian Bach hasn't just had, like most of us, signed in one slightly different way, but changed the wording much and he even signed in a different language.

 

He shortened his first name differently. Back then a colon stood was written as a short cut for a left letter. Plus, he had added some additions to his name and his signature. Titles, for instance. Today many receipts, confirmations and complains carry his signature in the different employers' files still today.

 

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