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Johann Chrisian Weyrauch (Composer, Bach's Pupil)

Born: January 13, 1694 - Knauthain, near Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Died: April 1, 1771 - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

Johann Christian Weyrauch was a German composer, lutenist and organist. He probably learnt to play the lute at an early age; his father was Kantor in the village of Knauthain, near Leipzig, where his lutenist contemporary Adam Falckenhagen was raised. In 1717 he entered the University of Leipzig, where he studied law. For some years he aspired to musical career, applying several times for posts as organist, without apparant success. For example, in 1729 he was unsuccessful with his application for position as organist at the New Church in Leipzig From 1730 he seems to have made his living as a lawyer (notary public) in Leipzig and died there in 1771.

On January 14, 1730, J.S. Bach provided testimonial to Johann Christian Weyrauch's skill 'on various instruments' and as a singer. A further testament to their close friendship is the fact that J.S. Bach acted as a godfather to Weyrauch's son, Johann Sabastian, on April 18, 1743, the other godfather being the lute and violin maker J.C. Hoffmann. Weyrauch was apparantly a gifted performer and composer; his lute pieces were known to be difficult, but none has survived. He arranged two of J.S. Bach's works for the lute (BWV 997 and BWV 1000); the tabulature copies in his hand are now in the Musikbibliothek der Stadt Leipzig.


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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WEYRAUCH, Johann Christian (Enciclopedia de la guitarra) [Spanish]



DBok ii, 135-1366, 192, 201, 223, 407-408, 449 & 555
Hans-Joachim Schulze: 'Wer intavolierte Johann Saebastian Bachs Lautenkompositionen?' Die Musikforschung 19 (1966), 32-39
Hans-Joachim Schulze: '"Monsieur Schouster"- ein vergessener Zeitgenosse Johann Sebastian Bachs', in W. Rehm, ed., Bachiana et aliamusicologia: Festschrift für Alfred Dürr (Kassel, 1983), 243-250
J.S. Bach "Drei Lautencompositionen in zeitgenössischer Tabulatur" (BWV 995, 997, 1000) Faksimiledruck / Handschriftlichen Originalen / Musikbibliothek der Stadt Leipzig

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