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Actual and Potential Non-Thomaner Singers and Players who participated in Bach’s Figural Music in Leipzig

This list contains the names of pupils and students with whom J.S. Bach had musical contact during his Leipzig tenure with special emphasis upon the Thomaner and University of Leipzig students, but with the inclusion as well of some private music students who do not fall into either category. This list includes pupils from the Thomassschule considered proficient as well as those he deemed incompetent, hence it will be obvious that some of the names will need to be excluded from the list of potential performers who assisted J.S. Bach “from the outside” even if they may have qualified for presence on this list as being officially Thomaner. Yet others had applied, but their applications were denied. These are included from the standpoint of completeness since J.S. Bach did have to examine them for their musical proficiency.

The purpose of this list is provide more specific information about individuals, a number of whom had sufficient musical expertise to participate in J.S. Bach’s performances of J.S. Bach’s cantatas, Passions, oratorios, etc. given in the Leipzig churches as “supernumerarii” (Kuhnau’s term for those performers (singers and instrumentalists) who were not officially members of the Thomanerchor but nevertheless participated in presenting figural music).. These “supernumerarii” (the city pipers are not included in this group since they participate officially in an instrumental capacity) could be drawn from:

1. boys who have graduated from the Thomasschule, live, work and study in Leipzig but do not enroll at the university
2. boys who have graduated from the Thomasschule and continue their studies at the University of Leipzig
3. young men who have graduated from ‘high school’ elsewhere, but have come to continue their studies at the University of Leipzig.
4. young men who have come to Leipzig not to attend the university but to study with J.S. Bach (private instruction, gaining experience mainly in playing various instruments, but a few also have good adult voices)

Codes:

* = the date has not been verified by a second source
Th = years of attendance at the Thomasschule in Leipzig.
UL = year(s) of enrollment at the University of Leipzig
? = no firm evidence for the date immediately preceding the question mark – this does not put into question the first date in a combined listing: [Th 1723-1729(?) means that only 1729, not 1723 which is a firm date should be questioned]

Comments:

Attendance as a Thomaner at the Thomasschule in Leipzig during J.S. Bach’s tenure is divided into two groups: the “Externi” and “Interni”. An “Externus” is a non-boarding pupil (day boy) who attends classes, as it were, from the outside and must pay tuition (unless waived as in the case of C.P.E. Bach) while an “Internus” receives free tuition + room and board. To become an “Internus”, an application must be submitted to school authorities by the parent s possibly including recommendations from a cantor/teacher regarding musical capabilities and the willingness to devote oneself to one’s studies. The Rector (headmaster) and Cantor (J.S. Bach, in this instance) must test the pupils’ abilities and submit reports on each. The “Externi” often continue attending the school and may occasionally, after waiting for a year, submit applications to become “Interni” hoping thus to change their status, but some of them never do.

The first year after the name is the year of birth. This is important for determining the ages of the Thomaner or University of Leipzig students. With the exception of a few private music students that J.S. Bach instructed, most of the singers (mainly tenors and basses, but sometimes higher range voices as well) and instrumentalists not drawn from the ranks of the Thomaner or the city pipers for the performance of J.S. Bach’s figural music were generally between 25 and 30 years of age.

In a number of instances, a Thomaner pupil could be ‘pre-enrolled’ at the University of Leipzig while still in attendance at the Thomasschule. Usually this amounts to only a year or two of overlap, but in the case of W.F. Bach, for example, the pre-enrollment took place 6 years before the official enrollment.

J.S. Bach's pupils/Thomaners, whose names are painted with red, did not become professional musicians.

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Agricola, Johann Friedrich (1720) UL 1738-1741; he studied with J.S. Bach during these years, and copied a number of J.S. Bach’s scores while there.

Altnickol, Johann Christoph (1719) UL 1744-1748; private student of J.S. Bach; copyist 1744-1747; assisted J.S. Bach as bass singer, string player and copyist; later became J.S. Bach’s son-in-law.

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Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714) a Thomaner „Externus“ from 1723 to 1730; UL 1731 (Major: Law) until the fall of 1734 when he switched to the University of Frankfurt/Oder where he was a student until 1738.

Bach, Johann Christian (1735) no record of attendance at either St. Thomas School or at the University of Leipzig; copyist 1746-1750.

Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732) the „Bückeburg” Bach, no Thomaner records, began law studies at the University of Leipzig (1748-1749); copyist 1743-1749.

Bach, Johann Ernst (1722) in Eisenach, J.S. Bach’s godson. After beginning studies at the Eisenach Latin School, he transferred to the St. Thomas School on January 16, 1737 but was dismissed (“dimittirt”) later the same year for disciplinary reasons, then UL 1737-1742 (Major: law), did not finish his studies because he returned to Eisenach as substitute for his ill father (organist), a position which he took over in 1749.

Bach, Johann Heinrich (1707) Th 1724-1728; studied music with J.S. Bach and helped in copying out parts (1724-1727).

Bach, Samuel Anton Jacob (1713) UL 1732-1734 (Major: law).

Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann (1710) Th 1723-1727 UL 1729 (Major: Law); his school notebooks reflecting his studies from 1723-1727 at the St. Thomas School have been preserved (Bachhaus in Eisenach). As early as December 22, 1723, J.S. Bach had his gifted son pre-enrolled (as “Depositus”) at the University of Leipzig. W.F.’ s official enrollment as a student of law (“Inscriptus”) took place on March 5, 1729.

Bammler, Johann Nathanael (1722) Th 1737-1747 UL 1748 (Major: theology); became prefect for the 2nd choir (1744-1745) and in his last year for the 1st (Thomanerchor), as a singer, instrumentalist, copyist (1745-1749) and teacher; he assisted J.S. Bach during the latter’s absences from Leipzig. J.S. Bach wrote letters of recommendation for him.

Barth, Carl Friedrich (1734) Th 1734-until after J.S. Bach’s death, UL 1757, copyist 1747-1750

Barth, Christian Samuel (1735) Th 1748-1750; studied with J.S. Bach, an oboe player.

Bauer, Johann David (1716) was „Externus“ for 5 years before being accepted in 1730; Th 1730-1732; J.S. Bach (1729) had noted: “ not demonstrating abilities in music”; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Berger, Johann Gottfried (1713) Th 1729 -1735(?) UL 1735; J.S. Bach (1729): “ not demonstrating abilities in music”; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Berth, Johann Samuel (1716) Th 1729-??

Braune, Johann Friedrich (1714) Th 1727-1734 UL 1737; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Burckhard, Samuel (not listed in school enrollment) J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

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Crell, Immanuel (1707) Th 1724-1732 UL 1731; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

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Dietel, Johann Ludwig (1713) Th 1727-1735; UL 1736 (Theology); J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural musi)”; copyist 1729-1735; became Kantor in Falkenhain.

Dietze (Diez or Tietze), Johann Tobias (1713) “Externus” before 1729, applied for admittance in 1729 but was not admitted; J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”, UL 1735.

Doles, Johann Friedrich (1715) UL for 4 years. (dates?) studied with J.S. Bach privately at this time. Doles became Cantor at the Thomasschule in 1755.

Dorn, Johann Christoph (1707) an “Externus” from 1724 to 1731 UL 1731; substitute organist in 1732 in Leipzig, in 1737 officially organist in Belgern near Torgau. Dorn had studied privately with J.S. Bach. Letter of recommendation by J.S. Bach is dated Leipzig, May 11, 1731.

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Eberhardt, Carl Friedrich (1713) Th 1724-1732 UL 1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Eichel, Gottlob Friedrich (1711) Th 1726-1734 UL 1734; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical” became teacher for poor children in Leipzig; as the father-in-law of Gottlob Friedrich Wagner, he is Richard Wagner’s great grandfather.

Einicke, Georg Friedrich (1710) UL 1732-1737; studied privately with J.S. Bach, became Kantor, acted as a go-between in the controversy between Johann Adolph Scheibe and Birnbaum.

Eschner, Johann Gottfried (1712) an “Externus” for 7 years before application in 1729; J.S. Bach (1729): “ not demonstrating abilities in music”; was not accepted as Thomaner; he had helped in singing the liturgy before the altar and sang along with the Kurrende when they made their rounds during New Years, but only when the Kurrende were too short on singers.

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Feller, Joachim Christian (1715) Th 1729-1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical” (died in 1733).

Freudenberg, Siegismund (1704) UL (Major: law) 1724-1728; studied privately with J.S. Bach; organist.

Frick, Johann Anton (1710) Th 1724-1732 UL 1729; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

Fröber, Christoph Gottlieb (1704) UL 1726-1731; studied privately with J.S. Bach, became Kantor.

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Geier, Gottlieb Benjamin (1710) UL 1732-1737 (Major: theology); studied privately with J.S. Bach, became Kantor.

Gerber, Heinrich Nicolaus (1702) UL 1724-1727); studied privately with J.S. Bach, made some important copies of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works, became organist to the Prince of Schwarzburg at Sondershausen.

Gerlach, Carl Gotthelf (1704) Th 1716-1723, probably studied with J.S. Bach, UL 1727; appointed as organist of the Neukirche in Leipzig in 1729, conducted the Collegium musicum before 1729 and between 1737 and 1739.

Gerlach, Christian Gottlieb (1704) Th 1719-1726; UL 1727; copyist 1723-1725; later Kantor in Rochlitz.

Goldberg, Johann Gottlieb (1727) Private instruction with J.S. Bach c1746.

Graß, Johann Gottfried (1710) Th 1723-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Greßlich, Salomon Gottfried (1714) an “Externus” for 3 years before application in 1729; J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; was not accepted as Thomaner.

Guffer, Johann Gottfried (1709*) Th 1724-1731 UL 1729; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical” became a pastor in Kieritzsch.

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Haase, Johann Gottlob (1715) as “Externus ” at St. Thomas School from 1731-1735 UL 1735; had received a good report (1736) from J.S. Bach on both his vocal and instrumental capabilities He also played in J.S. Bach’s Collegium musicum; later became an organist.

Hartwig, Karl (1709) took private lessons from J.S. Bach 1732-1735; became an organist in Zittau.

Haupt, Johann Gottlob (1714) Th 1727-1735 UL 1735; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”; copyist 1731-1735.

Hauptmann, Johann Christian (1713) Th 1727-1733 UL 1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”; later Kantor in Brena and later yet Mutzschen.

Hausius, Gottlob Ernst (1713) “Externus” since 1727, application made in 1729; J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; he was not accepted.

Hausius, Gottlieb Jacob (1715) Th 1730-1736 UL 1736; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Hebenstreit, Johann Samuel (1713) Th 1726-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Heder, Samuel Gottlieb (1713) Th 1725-1734 UL 1734; copyist 1729-1731, then only occasionaly from 1731-1736.

Heinrich, Johann Georg (1721) Th 1734-1740; took private lessons from J.S. Bach during these years; J.S. Bach wrote a letter of recommendation for him in May 1744. The letter was for a position as organist in Torgau, but Heinrich was unsuccessful in obtaining this position.

Heße, Christian Gottfried (1710) Th 1726-1733 UL 1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Hillmeyer, Johann Heinrich (1714*) Th 1729-1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”; this may or may not be the Hillmeyer listed as Kantor in Lunzenau from 1742-1785 who carries the same full name.

Hoffmann, Christoph Gottfried (1711) applied twice in 1727 and 1729 and was not accepted as Thomaner; later became a pastor in Hohenlohe near Lützen.

Homilius, Gottfried August (1714) UL 1735- 1742(?) (Major: law); studied privately with J.S. Bach during these years.

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Jenicke (Jänigke), Johann Michael (1710) Th 1727-1733(?); J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

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Kayser, Bernhard Christian (1705) in Köthen; private instruction from J.S. Bach 1717-1720; UL 1724; copyist from 1723-1724.

Keller, Johann Christoph (1714) Th 1726-1734; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Kirnberger, Johann Philipp (1721) studied privately with J.S. Bach from 1739-1741; later a violinist at the court of King Frederick the Great.

Kittel, Johann Christian (1732) studied privately with J.S. Bach from 1748-1750; became organist and composer.

Kittler, Samuel (1715) Th 1729 -1737(?) UL 1737; his father’s application for acceptance as Thomaner stated that he had a good soprano voice and was very interested in studying; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”

Kittler, Michael Heinrich (1716) application made in 1729; J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; was not accepted as a Thomaner.

Koch, Johann Wilhelm (1704) studied privately with J.S. Bach 1738-1741; singer and Kantor.

Köpping, Johann Andreas (1714) first application to become a Thomaner made in 1729, officially listed: Th 1733-1736, later a pastor in Zschaitsch.

Köpping, Johann Christian (1704); Th 1718-1726; studied privately with J.S. Bach 1723-1726, was curator at the Thomasschule, also acted as copyist for J.S. Bach from 1723-1724 and occasionaly until the end of 1726..

Krause (Krauß), Gottfried Theodor (1713) Th 1728-1736; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”

Krause, Johann Gottlob (1714) had been "Externus" before applying in 1729, Th 1730-1737 UL 1737; involved as a prefect which placed him at the center of the Ernesti-J.S. Bach controversy.

Krebs, Johann Ludwig (1713) Th 1726-1735 UL 1735 -1737; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”; also studied keyboard and composition under J.S. Bach’s personal guidance; J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig, August 24, 1735, during his university years, he assisted J.S. Bach with the Thomanerchor, copyist from 1729-1731, and played harpsichord with the Collegium musicum; a renowned keyboard performer and prolific composer who also played violin and lute.

Krebs, Johann Tobias, Jr. (1716) Th 1729-1740); J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”; UL 1739 Baccalaureus 1743; Magister 1746; became Konrektor (assistant headmaster) and Rektor (headmaster).

Kuhnau, Johann Andreas (1703) Th 1718-1728; studied privately with J.S. Bach and was J.S. Bach main copyist in Leipzig 1723-1728; became a Kantor at Grimma in 1729.

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Landvoigt, Johann August (1715) was an “Externus” in 1730; then Th 1731-1737 UL 1737 (Major: law); around 1740 he belonged to the circle of students around Johann Christoph Gottsched and is considered the author of the text for BWV Anh 19 Thomana saß annoch betrübt; listed as 1st flautist (1746-1748) of the Tabula Musicorum, a concert society.

Lange, Johann Gottlob (1708*) Th 1722-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”; Prefect.

Leg, Johann Georg (1715) an “Externus” before 1729 when application was made and denied.

Lepper (Leppert), Johann Christian (1714) Th 1728-1731 UL 1731; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

Lesche (Lösch), Samuel Gottlieb (1710) Th 1725-1731 UL 1729; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Lindner, Johann Christian (1707) Th 1720-1726; copyist for J.S. Bach from 1723-1724.

Ludewig, Bernhard Dieterich (1707) attended the Gymnasium in Altenburg; UL 1731 (Major: theology; J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation, Leipzig, March 4, 1737 mentions that he taught music to J.S. Bach’s children and played various instruments in J.S. Bach’s Collegium musicum 1731-1738; he also sang well; copyist 1735-1736. He attained a position as organist in Schmölln in 1738 but died two years later at the age of 32.

Ludewig, jr., Friedrich Wilhelm (1713) application made in 1729; J.S. Bach (1729): “ not demonstrating abilities in music”; was accepted Th 1730-1736.

Ludewig, Heinrich Wilhelm (1711) Th 1724-1732 UL 1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”

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Meißner, Christoph Friedrich (1716) Th 1729-1731 his mother was the older sister of Anna Magdalena Bach and his father the court trumpeter in Weißenfels, his application to St. Thomas School states that he has a good foundation in “letters as well as music”; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”

Meißner, Christian Gottlob (1707); Th 1719-1729; UL 1729-1731; studied privately with J.S. Bach from 1723-1729; copyist from 1723-1729 and occasionally from 1729-1731; was appointed Kantor in Geithain in 1731.

Mizler von Kolof, Lorenz Christoph (1711) UL 1731-1734; studied privately with J.S. Bach, Mizler founded the “Corresponding Society of Musical Sciences” to which J.S. Bach later belonged. Mizler was a musical scholar, composer and a man of letters.

Mohrheim, Friedrich Christian Samuel (1719) Th 1733-1736; copyist from 1733-1736; later appointed Capellmeister in Danzig.

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Nagel, Maximilian (1712) Th 1732-1735) UL 1735; eventually became prefect of J.S. Bach’s first choir and participated in J.S. Bach’ s performances in church and with the Collegium musicum. A lutenist and violinist, he was appointed as court lutenist in Ansbach in 1744 where he died four years later at the age of 35.

Neicke, Gottlob Heinrich (1709) Th 1724-1733 UL 1729; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”; in 1741 appointed Kantor in Borna.

Neicke (Neucke), Johann Gottfried (1714) Th 1729-1738; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”; UL 1738; Baccalaureus 1742, Magister 1743.

Nichelmann, Christoph (1717) Th 1730-1733; also private studies with J.S. Bach; he had an admirable treble voice, sometimes assisted J.S. Bach in copying out parts from 1730-1733; became a composer and keyboard player at the court of King Frederick the Great.

Nicolai, David (1702) UL 1727-1729; studied privately with J.S. Bach and received from J.S. Bach a testimonial in support of his application for organist at the Petrikirche in Görlitz (in which he was successful).

Noah, Georg Heinrich (1716/1721) UL 1740; studied privately with J.S. Bach 1740-1743, also assisted as copyist, appointed cantor in 1743 and later became Konrector (assistant headmaster).

Nützer [Nitzer], Johann Gottfried (1709*) Th 1724-1731; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”; studied privately with J.S. Bach during this time, was listed by J.S. Bach as being among the more accomplished of the Thomaner singers; later became a teacher.

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Öser (Ößer), Johann Christoph (1708) Th 1727-1735; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Osannus (Oßan), Samuel Ernst (1714) Th 1730-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

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Petzold, Erdmann Gottwald (1713) an “Externus” only evidence available for 1729-1730, but very likely remained “Externus” until 1733 UL 1733; became pastor. J.S. Bach’s report Leipzig May 9, 1729 indicates that in his vocal abilities he was rather proficient and had a good voice.

Petzoldt, Johann David (1707) Th 1722-1731; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)” Prefect.

Pfeil, Johann Georgius (1713) application made in 1729, J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; was not accepted.

Pohlreuter, Adam Friedrich (1709*) Th 1722-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

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Raden, Gottlob Ludwig (1718) UL 1737-1742(?); studied privately with J.S. Bach; appointed organist at the Michaeliskirche in Zeitz and later succeeded Johann Ludwig Krebs as organist at the Court Chapel in Zeitz.

Reichardt, David Salomon (1710) Th 1726-1733 UL 1733; copyist for J.S. Bach from 1726-1727; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

Ritter, Johann Christoph (1715) studied privately with J.S. Bach circa 1740, became organist in Clausthal.

Röder, Christian Sigismund (1717) Th 1730-1736 UL 1736; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figuralmusic)”.

Rust, Johann Ludwig Anton (1721) UL 1744 took private lessons from J.S. Bach, also took part as violinist in performances of J.S. Bach’s music under his direction.

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Sachse, Johann Gottfried (1711) Th 1726-1733 UL 1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Scheibe, Johann Adolph (1708) attended the St. Nicholas School in Leipzig from 1719 to 1725; UL 1725 (Major: law); applied for the position of organist at St. Nicholas Church in 1729; J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig April 4, 1731 was part of the (unsuccessful) application for organist at the Freiberg Cathedral; main abilities in music: playing instruments and composition; Birnbaum-Scheibe controversy.

Schemelli, Christian Friedrich (1713) Th 1731-1734 UL 1735 became organist and Kantor in Zeitz.
J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig, February 24, 1740

Schimert, Peter (1712) studied privately with J.S. Bach 1733-1738; later appointed choir director and organist in Hermannstadt.

Schmied, Johann Christoph (1708) not accepted as Thomaner; J.S. Bach s report Leipzig May 9, 1729 indicates that he had a good tenor voice and could sight-read music very well.

Schönemann, Johann Gottfried (1710) Th 1723-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

Schübler, Johann Georg (1725) studied privately with J.S. Bach at the beginning of the 1740s and became an organist and schoolteacher in Mehlis. Johann Georg is the publisher of the “Sechs Choräle” and also assisted with the engraving of the Musical Offering.

Segnitz, Karl Friedrich (1713) Th 1726-1732 UL 1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Senfft, Johann Daniel (1712) application made in 1729; not accepted; his father included a recommendation from a cantor that had stated that his son sang fairly well, but had trouble with his general studies.

Seymann, Johann Heinrich (1715) Th 1730-1736 UL 1735; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Siegler, Philipp Christian (1709*) Th 1726-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”

Söllner, Johann Gottlieb (1732) Th 1748-1756; recommended by Johann Tobias Krebs, jr.; accepted immediately upon arrival in Leipzig into the primary choir where he became a concertist, eventually a prefect. UL 1756; cantor in Ernstthal 1758-1770; after 1770 pastor and archdeacon

Sonnenkalb, Johann Friedrich Wilhelm (1732) Th 1746-1754 UL 1754; became Kantor and schoolmaster.

Stählin, Jacob von (1709) UL (years not given but before 1735) took part as flautist in the performances of the Collegium musicum under J.S. Bach’s direction. A writer and historian, he remained in Russia after 1735.

Steidel, Christian Friedrich (1715) Th 1727-1733 UL 1735; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”.

Stein, Johann Augustin (1712) Th 1726-1731 UL 1731 (Major: theology); J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”.

Stolle [Stol], Paul Christian (1706) Th 1722-1733 UL 1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “usable for 1st Choir (figural music)”; Prefect; Kantor, organist, rector in Auma beginning in 1734 had a letter of recommendation from J.S. Bach.

Straube, Rudolf (1717) Th 1733-1740 UL 1740, took private instruction from J.S. Bach and assisted him with copying out parts 1734-1735; a lutenist, harpsichordist and composer.

Suppius, Wilhelm Eusebius (1712) Th 1727-1732; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st (figural music)”.

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Thieme, Johann Gottlieb (1711) Th 1727-1734 UL 1734; J.S. Bach (1730) “not yet ready to be used in the 1st choir (figural music)”

Tietze, see Dietze

Tischer, Johann Nikolaus (1707) studied with J.S. Bach in Leipzig in 1726; became a composer and instrumentalist (primarily oboe).

Transchel, Christoph (1721) UL 1742 (Majors: philosophy, theology); studied privately with J.S. Bach while in Leipzig, later established himself as keyboard teacher in Dresden.

Trier, Johann (1716) UL (early 1740s); probably had private instruction from J.S. Bach, and organist and composer, he took over the direction of the Collegium musicum in 1746 and later applied unsuccessfully to become J.S. Bach’s successor as Thomaskantor.

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Voigt, Johann Georg (1728), studied privately with J.S. Bach c1740-1743; became an organist in Ansbach.

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Wagner, Georg Gottfried (1698) Th 1712-1718 UL 1718 (Major: theology); he assisted J.S. Bach as string player and bass singer (1723-1726) and with J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation (1726) he obtained the position of Cantor at the Johanniskirche in Plauen, a position which he had for the rest of his life.

Wecker, Christoph Gottlob (1700) attended the Gymnasium in Bautzen for 6 years UL 1723 (Major: law); he took private lessons from J.S. Bach between 1723-1729; J.S. Bach’s letters of recommendation: Leipzig, February 26, 1727, March 20, 1729; he was a cantor and flautist.

Weyrauch, Johann Christian (1694) Th?? UL 1717 (Major: law); unsuccessful application for position as organist at the New Church in Leipzig (1729), was a notary public in Leipzig and died there in 1771. J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig, January 14, 1730, Weyrauch was a lutenist and organist.

Wild, Friedrich Gottlieb (1706) UL 1723-1727; J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig, May 18, 1727 indicates his excellent abilities in playing the flute, keyboard, continuo with which he assisted J.S. Bach in his cantatas, etc., studied privately with J.S. Bach 1726-1735, in 1735 Wild was appointed organist at St. Peter’s church in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Wildenhayn, Heinrich August (1712) application made in 1729; began as an “Externus” in 1728, not accepted as Thomaner but may have continued as “Externus”; UL 1734 (Major: theology); in his report Leipzig, January 18, 1740 J.S. Bach wrote that he can play a keyboard instrument somewhat but that he personally admitted that he had no talent for singing.

Wintzer, Gottlob Michael (1714) “Externus” before 1729 Th 1729-1736 J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”; was nevertheless accepted; J.S. Bach’s letter, Leipzig June 3, 1729 states that his voice was rather weak but with private instruction he might be usable; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

Wunsch, Christian Gottlob (1720) attended the Gymnasium in Görlitz; UL 1741; private instruction with J.S. Bach for two years (1742-1743); J.S. Bach’s letter of recommendation Leipzig, December 16, 1743; became an organist.

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Zeymer, Johann Gottlob (1716) As an “Externus” Zeymer attended the Thomasschule beginning in 1725, he twice made application to be accepted with full status in 1728 and 1729, J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”, he was accepted and attended the school from Th 1729-1734. In July of 1734 Rector Gesner attempted to get him excluded “because he demonstrated neither ability nor application toward his studies and to mastering music”; UL 1735; J.S. Bach (1729): “not demonstrating abilities in music”.

Zwicker, Johann Christoph (1715) Th 1728-1733; J.S. Bach (1730) “incompetent, not at all musical”.

 

Source: Most of this information was culled from the fine-print footnotes in the Bach-Dokumente; some additions and corrections are based on the NBA list of J.S. Bach's copyists
Contributed by Thomas Braatz (September 2006, November 2006, January 2011, June 2014)

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