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Christian Friedrich Schemelli (Bach's Pupil)

Born: October 30, 1713 - Treunbrietzen, about 30 km south-west of Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: October 27, 1761 - Zeitz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Christian Friedrich Schemelliy was a German Kantor and organist, son of the music editor and poet Georg Christian Schemelli. He studied at the Thomasschule in Leipzig from 1731 to 1734, but by all accounts he was a ne'er-do-well. Yet J.S. Bach wrote a favoruable testimonial for him on February 24, 1740, possibly at the insistence of the father. After completing his studies in Leipzig, he may have taken up a position in the court Kapella at Zeitz, where he succeeded his father as organist and Kantor in 1758.

 

Source: Oxford Composer Companions J.S. Bach (Editor: Malcolm Boyd, OUP, 1999); fine-print footnotes in the Bach-Dokumente
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2014); Thomas Braatz (January 2011)

Bach's Pupils: List of Bach's Pupils | Actual and Potential Non-Thomaner Singers and Players who participated in Bach’s Figural Music in Leipzig | Bach’s Pupils - Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2

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