Renate found out: I am related to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. However, I am not a descendant. I am not even related close to him. And for almost all the time we live, we didn't know. Today, we do.
Since we started to be interested in genealogy, in general, more than a decade ago and found out that my roots point right into the center of “Bach Country” in Thuringia, Germany, our interest in the cultural heritage of Johann Sebastian Bach began.
Meanwhile, we collected tons of expertise and countless age-old documents of the past. And together with our International Johann Sebastian Bach Dream Team, we are on our way to share the knowledge about one of the greatest composers on earth ever with the world.
Johann Sebastian Bach is our passion. In the beginning, it wasn't easy to decide what kind of painting I wanted, to find an artist who would do it for almost no payment and to get the full copyright.
But, finally I succeeded.
Peter Bach, Jr. taking pictures in Paris, France. A street artist is painting a cartoon of Johann Sebastian Bach for me.
We need some help sharing Bach’s story, music, and history with the whole world. Beyond the English and German-speaking nations. As it is a lot more convenient, to enjoy reading in one’s mother language, we would love to flatten a first contact to the universe of Bach. That is by offering basics in many languages. So we shortened the content dramatically to the essentials. And we are presenting these important facts. But as this project is different to everything existing about Johann Sebastian Bach in the past, it is mainly about exciting folks. It is not about all the details. It is about fun.
Renate Bach, my wife (...on the left side) and Johann Sebastian Bach in Eisenach, Thuringia.
We are already a dream team of international artists, scientists, authors and music lovers who try to "transport Bach" in this cross-media internet project in a way that is completely unusual. Bach authors, Bach family members, and Bach fans help to create something that will still be growing in the oncoming months and years. Now I hope I manage to upgrade our team by an international group of native individuals. And we try to make the whole phenomenon around this exceptional musician and his family, knowledge, fun, and joy plus an offer, to experience it worldwide.
Bach author Helga Brück with Renate Bach at Erfurt, a Bach city in Thuringia, Germany.
The challenge is not to provide just a "dry" short biography. Or just to offer the list of all of Bach's works, which actually is almost impossible in a translation. We want to make our whole common knowledge, which jumps from one theme to the next, an adventure. And we try to make this the perfect foundation to excite an interested individual to the "next Bach level". Which then, of course, might be a serious biography. Or Johann Sebastian’s wonderful music performed by a real orchestra. Or, the family of musician's genealogy. Or, the whole "universe" around the world’s greatest composer, what the New York Times voted Bach in 2011.
Photographer Peter Bach, Jr. is taking a picture of the monument of very young Johann Sebastian Bach at Mühlhausen in Thuringia, Germany.
The current international sections with “poor grammar by translation software” will be replaced as soon as I managed to excite you as a new Johann Sebastian Bach Dream team Member to participate in our common project. Plus, as soon as your translation is ready. There are actually no limits when it comes to the numbers of languages. Thirty-five language versions are not the limit. The truth is: the more languages, the better. No language is excluded. And there is no ranking in the importance of a language in the international section of our hopefully common Johann Sebastian Bach project.
Author Peter Bach, Jr. takes a photo of the Johann Michael Bach Memorial in Gehren, Thuringia, Germany. Johann Michael Bach was the father-in-law of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Remains: Saying thank you for reading my request and may be forwarding it to a friend or – even better – helping with a translation in your mother language.
Renate and Peter Bach, Jr.