Johann Sebastian Bach – Life, Family, Facts, Videos, Genealogy, Music, Memorials, Locations, Work, Bach Short Biography


Johann Sebastian Bach.



Johann Sebastian Bach – for many humans all over the planet it means just heavenly music. However, the subject Johann Sebastian Bach offers more: his life, his family, his genealogy. Plus there are Bach postage stamps, Bach cities, Bach places and Bach monuments. Enjoy videos with Bach music, quotes from prominent folks, FAQ and finally … facts and Bach short biographies, too. This is the international and multilingual section that comes with the new internet portal "Bach ueber Bach" and "Bach on Bach". Its general goal is to spread the knowledge and music of one of the greatest composers even beyond the borders of language barriers. This Bach mission wants to introduce folks all over the world to this unique composer and musician of the baroque era – Johann Sebastian Bach – and make the way to his music and his life easy.



Johann Sebastian Bach.




Three Sections: Video Project Biography



This is your section – in your mother language – and there are two pages. One is hidden in the navigation. You get to it from the bottom of this page 1. Or with a click here. Just the Bach short biography video is in English. But try it out anyway. On page 1 you will find this and that around the project “Bach on Bach” – my Johann Sebastian Bach adventure – and there’s a lot to explore for you. There are links to pages, which you can handle even without speaking one word in English. Bach’s music for instance: just click on one music piece – you don’t have to know the name at all – next choose a picture theme to decide on what series of photos you want to explore while listening to the music of Bach. That’s it. Bach stamps … you don’t need to speak English to adore them. Bach monuments: same situation. Same thing with pictures of the Bach cities and Bach places. Or – make it an adventure – just try it. On page 2 (… just a reminder, you get there from the bottom of this page ... or from here) there is a short biography about the life of the composer with many, many pictures to enjoy.








The Bach Short Biography Mini Video



A short biography about Johann Sebastian Bach: life, music, pictures, film, narration. Just 9 minutes quick. Sorry – one exception on this page – it’s in English only.



A short biography about Johann Sebastian Bach: life, music, pictures, film, narration. Just 9 minutes quick. I guess this is the only Bach Video Biography in your mother language.







The Bach Project: Many Themes



Here it is about many subjects regarding Johann Sebastian Bach: monuments, stamps, genealogy, family, music, videos. To read the short biography click here or at the bottom of this page.




Bach Monuments, Bach Monuments



The Johann Sebastian Bach monument at Weimar. Bach lived in this German town for 9 years.



The Bach monument at EisenachIn this town, Bach was born and he lived there for 10 years.



The Bach Monument in Ulm on the Danube. It is located inside the Ulm Minster.



The old Johann Sebastian Bach monument at Leipzig. The musician Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy paid for it.



The new Bach monument at Leipzig. You will find many more Bach monuments on a different page of this website.




Johann Sebastian Bach: Facts and Life



Johann Sebastian Bach lived from 1685 to 1750. He became 65 years old. These are the crucial facts. His father's name was Johann Ambrosius Bach. His mother's name was Maria Elisabetha. He was the youngest of eight siblings. Bach was a composer, a musician, and an organ expert. At the age of ten years, Bach became an orphan. He moved in with his oldest brother in Ohrdruf. After his time in school he first became an organist, then band leader and finally music director. He worked for the church, for town councils, and for aristocrats. His longest period Bach spent at Leipzig in Saxony. These are the crucial facts in some 100 words. More facts? There are nine Bach Cities and Bach Places today. And you link 33 Bach cities and Bach places to the name of Bach. Today these Bach places and Bach cities are touristic destinations for Bach fans from all over the world. To experience these Bach cities, you don't have to speak nor English neither German. Click here: there are many photos of all Bach cities and Bach places All about the life of the musician is almost only available German and English. But there is one more international page in your mother language soon. There you will find more about Johann Sebastian Bach. These are facts, facts, facts.



The life of Johann Sebastian Bach: he loved his family.



More regarding the life of Johann Sebastian Bach: he was the best musician playing the organ all over the world.



The life of Johann Sebastian Bach. In Leipzig he lived for 27 years.




Johann Sebastian Bach in Books



Did you know it? There are some 53,000 publications and books about the theme of Bach. And there are some 7,000 biographies on Bach. Every year at least one new biography about the life of the composer comes into being. Aside from the biography, there are many short biographies about Johann Sebastian Bach available. On this Bach portal shortly there will be short biographies available in 33 languages. And the author of this Bach website wrote a book as well. A Bach biography for children. For children between age five years and eleven years. Of course, there are many books around the theme of "Bach and music". However, these books are mostly in German and English language. Here you will find all publication regarding the Bach family of musicians and Johann Sebastian Bach in Belfast/Irland, please click here.


Later you will find a short biography in your mother language. It's the page in the chapter "International Versions" with the number 2. If there is a link, click it and you get there. If there is none, it's not ready yet.



A very old book about Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a biography.



A very tiny book about Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a biography as well.



One more biography about Johann Sebastian Bach. With glued in pictures. Plus, there is a manual to "sew it on your own". Honestly.




The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach



The best of all Bach scientists assume, there were 11,200 works of Bach existing once. Today only more than 1,100 music works are still known. Bach's life was music. Make acquaintance with Johann Sebastian Bach's music. On this website. There is a collection. The most well-known music of Bach. 33 pieces in 333 seconds. Actually that fast it's a shame. Click here.


You have more options, to listen to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. You can combine each piece of music on this website. 33 pieces of music, 33 photo themes. That is 1,089 videos with music for Bach. First you decide for the music. That is very crucial. Next you decide for the photo theme. The photo themes: Bach cities, Bach places, Bach monuments, Bach stamps. But there are more cities in Germany and more themes. Again and important: please chose the piece of music first. Not until after that you decide for the photo theme. Plus, you don't have to speak nor English neither German.



Here are 1089 Bach music videos for you. With a click here you get to the page "Bach Top 33": the most popular music works of Johann Sebastian Bach. You discover the German titles of the works of Bach in the red navigation. You have to decide for a piece of music first. After you chose for a piece of music, you decide for one of the 33 photo themes.



It is that easy, just try it out. Click on one of the 33 music works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Not earlier but after that, you decide on a photo theme. 33 works, 33 photo themes, 1089 Bach music videos. Here you get to "Bach Top 33".




1089 Bach Music Videos: 3 Examples



The "Festival of Lights". Music of Bach and impressions of the festival in the German capital Berlin. A Bach music video.



Music of Johann Sebastian Bach and photos of his native city Eisenach: a Bach music video.



Music of Bach and pictures from Leipzig: a Bach music video.




The Family of Musicians Around Johann Sebastian Bach



There are families of musicians. Plus, there are famous families of musicians. A family of musicians makes music over two or three or more generations. Johann Sebastian Bach is the icon in the most famous family of musicians all over the planet. More than 150 musicians. In five, seven and nine generations. There are some descendants of the ancestor living today: in Germany, in the USA, and in the Netherlands. And they still make music. For that reason, the Bach family is not only the most famous but the biggest family of musicians of all times as well.



Mozart as well was a member of a family of musicians. However, this family was much smaller than the family of musicians of Johann Sebastian Bach.



Richard Wagner. His family is the second biggest famous family of musicians in the world.



Johann Strauss. Father and Son were famous. It's obvious: a family of musicians.




The Bach Genealogy



Is the Bach Genealogy interesting for you? You don't need to speak English nor German. Click here and you get to an "international" pattern. The Bach genealogy on this website is the only correct in the world. Several scientists were involved. The author of this website has added all expertise. Plus, he did research on his own. And he has found at least one more Bach branch. Plus his genealogy gets deeper into the past. The youngest member in the genealogy of the Bach family of musicians is two months old in spring 2014.



The pattern of the Bach genealogy. You don't have to speak German or English. It is international. Click here.



The Bach genealogy: this is the father of Johann Sebastian Bach: Johann Ambrosius Bach.



The second famous Bach in the Bach genealogy: the son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.



Many scientists worked on the Bach genealogy. For more than 250 years. But the Bach genealogy is controversial. And it started 500 years ago. The Bach genealogy is not yet finished. This genealogy is passion of the wife of the author of this page, Renate Bach.



A jewel coming with the research of the genealogy of the Bach family: the photo of the Bach Band in Rochester, Illinois, USA.



Bach genealogy today: the pedigree of the author of this website.



A specialist in the genealogy of the Bach family of musicians: Mrs. Helga Brueck. It's a pity she died much too early in 2013.




Johann Sebastian Bach Stamps and Johann Sebastian Bach Videos



For Bach stamps and for many Bach videos on this website you don't need to know any German or English. Because Bach stamps are international. 150 stamps have been released in 90 years. Germany released the most Bach stamps. There are new ones worldwide every year. Most Bach stamps are released in so-called Bach years. On this website you will find them all: these are all Bach stamps ever printed on earth. Plus, this page is not designed for stamp collectors. It is for Bach fans. Click here to see them all.



Johann Sebastian  Bach on a stamp from Ireland.



A very young Bach stamp from Ivory Coast.



A very young Johann Sebastian Bach stamp too. From Burundi. There are 150 stamps related to the theme of Bach.



There is even a Bach video about Bach stamps. With Johann Sebastian Bach around the world. On Bach stamps. My recommendation: Click on the play button in the picture below.



Johann Sebastian Bach on stamps the video. Sorry, it's in English only. Watch it anyway.



There are Bach Videos as well, which introduce Bach cities and Bach places to you. With narrated text. Sorry, they are available in English and German only. But they are so short and the music and the photos are beautiful. And so you experience German cities. Just try one. Here are three Bach videos examples. Just click the play button.



One of the Bach places on a short video.



A short video about a Bach city: Weimar.



Erfurt ... what a beautiful Bach city.




1089 Bach Videos: Music, Pictures ... no Text



You have already read about Bach's video, which you can combine. First, choose one of Bach's works. It is important. You do not need to know how it is called in your language. Without this, too, it is interesting. Just click. You will find these works in red navigation. Now the next choice: choose a photo-theme. Here you will find not only the themes of Bach. There are just beautiful photo-themes. There are three examples below. To all the videos of Bach (... exactly 1089) click here.



Music of Johann Sebastian Bach plus pictures of USA National Parks.



Music from Johann Sebastian Bach and masks from Venice, Italy.



Music from Bach and one of the most well-known German cities abroad. However, it's no Bach city: Rothenburg.




The Theme: Bach for Children, Teachers and Music Schools



In this chapter, it's all about children. This website is created for two groups of folks. For Bach enthusiasts and for kids and students. It is supposed to be fun. It is supposed to direct children to classical music. It's a manual. It's as well designed for teachers and for music schools. Here you will find music of Bach in a compact way: the most famous pieces with one click. Here is the starting line to the theme of Bach. For children, it is a first meeting point. A real Bach biography is a step 2. Music of real musicians as well. Plus, children should definitely check the "Bach stage" on this website. Even without speaking German or English. And you manage the translation on your own: here is a translation website.



Johann Sebastian Bach for children (the website): For children it has to be fun too. Always.



Children perform for the website "Bach On Bach". A Bach video.



For children: the Bach video with Bach music plus kitten.




20 Bach Children – 4 Famous Composers



Johann Sebastian Bach was the youngest of eight siblings. But four siblings died early. Bach had 20 children. 7 children with his first wife, 13 children with his second wife.



Child number 2 of the children of Johann Sebastian Bach: The first famous Bach son: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.



Child number 5 of the children of Johann Sebastian Bach. The second famous Bach son: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.



Number 16 of the children of Johann Sebastian Bach. The third famous Bach son: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach.



Number 18 of the children of Johann Sebastian Bach. The fourth famous Bach son: Johann Christian Bach.




Bach Choirs, Bach Orchestras, Bach Societies Worldwide



How many Bach choirs, Bach orchestras and Bach societies do exist on earth? The number is 222. Absolute exactly. Today. and this chapter is international. If you able to read numerals, you may visit these pages. Starting with the Bach Choir and the Bach orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to the Zürcher Bach Choir in Switzerland. Do you know one more Bach choir, a Bach orchestra or a Bach society, which is not on the list today? Please send me a mail. With a click here you get directly to all those Bach choirs, Bach orchestras, and Bach societies. 222 exactly? Sometimes there are a few more, sometimes there are a few less.



There are 222 Bach societies, Bach choirs and Bach orchestras in the world.




Jean-Sébastien, Juan or just Johann Sebastian Bach



A master, a musician. Almost in the whole world, it sounds similar, when you pronounce his name. But for some, just this is a challenge. With the pronunciation. For instance in the United States in America. Plus in the United Kingdom. There you must take trouble with these four letters. The tongue is not used to it. But in China, it sounds just like in Thuringia, Germany. In France they quickly relabelled him: there his name is Jean-Sébastien Bach. And because they had been creative, they even added a dash between the Jean and the Sébastien. In Spain and in Portugal Johann is Juan every now and then. In Albania it's special. There they write Bach just Bah. So it sounds like Bach when they read Bah. How smart. In Russia, they write the Thomas Cantor Бах. In Greece he is Μπαχ. How you write the composer in Chinese, in Korean, in Hebrew, in Arabic, in Vietnamese, and in Japanese, is what you can figure out with a click on the particular link. It is: always the first line on this page.



Johann Sebastian Bach in Russian.



The seal of Johann Sebastian Bach.



The signature of Johann Sebastian Bach.



The grave of Johann Sebastian Bach.




33 Master Pieces (... for the First Time)



33 master pieces in 333 seconds. What a shame. What a fun.




The International Johann Sebastian Bach Dream Team


From here please tell a little about yourself. Not much longer and not much shorter than in my example for you below the picture and the underline would be great.



Susan Bach Weaver (Don't translate, this is where YOUR name and picture will be located).



Susan Bach Weaver is a member of the international JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE team and she is family! Susan lives in the United States and holds a BS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and author of the Rainbow Reach book series, which helps children deal with grief and loss (www.rainbowreach.com). Susan is also a highly regarded art director and founder of the graphic design firm, Dobe Marketing, Inc., named for her lifelong love of Doberman Pinschers. We want to thank Susan for helping to translate this section, which will allow the world to learn about a music genius in languages other than English and German. This site will pose as the translation source for all other languages, and will be the English version until BachOnBach is complete.


Thank you Susan.

Peter & Renate


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The International Johann Sebastian Bach Dreamteam


At the bottom of the international pages in Chinese, Russian and Ukraine you can check, how your picture and a short vita would look like, if you help translate in a perfect version of your mother language: Click here, next scroll down.Or click here and meet the complete team.


Hi and thank you for your help and support



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Thank you for your visit and we hope you had fun so far. If you feel you are not able to help with the translation but want to support us anyhow, maybe you might convince your professor or teacher to help with a volunteer (... via the university's dashboard), who would help to translate these two pages for us in a quality which Johann Sebastian Bach would have loved? Thank you for that, too.


Hi from Germany

Renate and Peter on their common Bach mission.



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