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Johann Michael Schmidt (Bach's Pupil)

Born: January 16, 1728 - Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany
Died: April 8, 1799 - Marktbreit, Lower Franconia, Germany

Johann Michael Schmidt was a German theologicn and writer. He studied at the University of Leipzig and was probably a pupil of J.S. Bach in 1749-1750. From 1754 he was active in Naumburg and in 1762 he was appointed Rector at the Lateinschule in Marktbreit, Lower Franconia, where he died. His Musico-theologia, published in Bayreuth and Hof in 1754, contains several commendatory references to J.S. Bach. It is possibly to him that J.S. Bach dedicated his Faber Canon BWV 1078.

Alberto Basso lists three other musicians by the name of Schmidt who may have studied with J.S. Bach: Johann Schmidt (1674-1746), organist at the Blasiuskirche, Zella; Johann Christian Jacob Schmidt (c1707-1768), his succeessor at Zella; and Johann Christoph Schmidt (b c1696), copyist and organist at Harzgerode from 1719.

 

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)

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Bibliography

Alberto Basso: Frau musika: la vita e le opera di J.S. Bach, i (Turin, 1979), 25-16
Hans-Joachim Schulze: 'Johann Sebastian Bachs Kanonwidmungen', BJb 53 (1967), 82-92


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