The Bach Musicians' Family in Erfurt(*)

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Johann Ambrosius Bach,
Johann Sebastian Bach's father, who had lived in Erfurt

Johann Ambrosius Bach,
Johann Sebastian Bach's father

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Erfurt 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.

Johann 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 not known.

(*) Thuringia celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach 2000, Christel, p. 11, publisher: Thüringer Touriskmus GmbH, text: Christel Lautert, print: Weimardruck GmbH

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