can look back on a long family tradition of the Bachs. Three sons of Hans Bach, the "Music Player of Wechmar",
founded the tradition as early as the 17th century: Johann,
Christoph and Heinrich were town pipers and council musicians and
Johann Bach was organist at the same time at the Prediger Church.
His son Ägidius later
had the office in the Kaufmann Church and the Church of St.
Michael. Heinrich then went to Arnstadt, and Christoph, Johann
Sebastian's grandfather had three sons in Erfurt: Georg
Christoph, Johann Christoph and Johann Ambrosius, the father of
Johann Sebastian Bach. He married Elisabeth Lämmerhirt in 1668
in the Kaufmann Church. She was related to the mother of the
Weimar organist Johann Gottfried Walther, who was later
befriended with Bach.
Sebastian Bach himself was here once in 1716 to test the organ in
the Augustiner Church and probably more often to visit his
relatives. For in Erfurt too, the traditional family
get-togethers took place. However a longer stay of Bach here is
celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach 2000, Christel, p. 11,
publisher: Thüringer Touriskmus GmbH, text: Christel Lautert, print: