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Life History of J.S. Bach

Contents

Prior J.S. Bach’s Birth (1600-1685) | Eisenach & Ohrdruf (1685-1700) | Lüneburg & Weimar (1700-1703) | Arnstadt (1703-1707) | Mühlhausen (1707-1708) | Weimar (1708-1717) | Köthen (1713-1723) | Leipzig (1723-1730) | Leipzig (1731-1740) | Leipzig (1741-1750) | Posthumous Years (1750-1800) | Performance Dates of J.S. Bach’s Vocal Works

 

Prior J.S. Bach’s Birth (1600-1685)

Date/Year

Place

Event

c1600

Wechmar

Velt Bach (J.S. Bach’s great great grandfather) and his son Johann(es) [Hans] Bach (born c 1550) run a bakery and a mill in Wechmar

Apr 19, 1613

Wechmar

Birth of Christoph Bach (J.S. Bach’s grandfather) in Wechmar

1626

Wechmar

Death of Johann(es) [Hans] Bach (J.S. Bach’s great grandfather) in Wechmar

Before 1642

Weimar

Service of Christoph Bach as court musician in Weimar

1642-1654

Erfurt

Service of Christoph Bach as court musician in Erfurt

Feb 22, 1645

Erfurt

Birth of twins Johann Ambrosius Bach (J.S. Bach’s father) & Johann Christoph, sons of Christoph Bach and Maria Magdalena, née Grabler

1654

Arnstadt

Appointment of Johann Christoph Bach as court & town musician in Arnstadt

Sep 12, 1661

Arnstadt

Death of Christoph Bach (J.S. Bach’s grandfather) in Arnstadt

Apr 16, 1667

Erfurt

Appointment of Johann Ambrosius Bach as violinist in Erfurt town music

Apr 8, 1668

Erfurt

Marriage of Johann Ambrosius Bach with Maria Elisabeth Lämmerhirt in Pediger Church, Erfurt

Oct 12, 1671

Eisenach

Successful audition and appointment of Ambrosius as court trumpeter & director of town music in Eisenach

Eisenach & Ohrdruf (1685-1700)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Mar 21, 1685

Eisenach

Birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, seventh and youngest child of Johann Ambrosius Bach and Maria Elisabeth

Mar 23, 1685

Eisenach

Baptism at Georgenkirche, Eisenach’s main church

May 3, 1686

Eisenach

Burial of sister Johanna Juditha

1690-1693

Eisenach

Attends a German school in Eisenach

1692

Eisenach

Enrolment in the Latin School, Eisenach

May 1, 1694

Eisenach

Death of mother (age 50)

Oct 23, 1694

Ohrdruf

Wedding of brother Johann Christoph in Ohrdruf; Johann Ambrosius Bach, Johann Pachelbel & others perform

Nov 27, 1694

Eisenach

Marriage of father Johann Ambrosius Bach with Barbara Margaretha Bartholomäi, née Keul

Feb 20, 1695

Eisenach

Death of father Johann Ambrosius Bach (age 50); buried Feb 24

1695

Ohrdruf

J.S. Bach, orphaned at age 10, and his brother Johann Jacob (13) join the household of their oldest brother, Johann Christoph Bach, in Ohrdruf

1695

Ohrdruf

Enrolment in Lyceum, Ohrdruf (studied there until 1700)

Lüneburg & Weimar (1700-1703)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Mar 15, 1700

Lüneburg

Leaves Ohrdruf for Lüneburg, St. Midrad’s School

1700

Lüneburg

Enrolment in the Michaelisschule in Lüneburg, where he receives a comprehensive musical education

1700-1702

Lüneburg

Contact with Georg Böhm in Lüneburg

1700-1702

Hamburg

Frequent visits to Johann Adam Reincken in Hamburg

Apr (Easter) 1702

Lüneburg

Graduation from Michaelisschule and return to Thuringia (probably Ohrdruf)

July 9 +, 1702

Sangerhausen

Successful application for a post as town organist in Sangerhausen; by ducal interference, the post is given to someone else

Jan-June (or Mar-Sep) 1703

Weimar

Lacquey and musician at the court of Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar

Jul 3, 1703

Dörna ?

Encounter with the organ builder Johann Friedrich Wender from Dörna

- Jul 13, 1703

Arnstadt

Examination of the new organ at the New (also St. Boniface’s) Church in Arnstadt

Arnstadt (1703-1707)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Aug 9, 1703

Arnstadt

Appointment as organist at the New Church in Arnstadt

Aug 14, 1703

Arnstadt

Acceptance of appointment as organist at the New Church in Arnstadt

Aug 4, 1705

Arnstadt

Altercation with Johann Heinrich Geyerbach

Nov +, 1705

Lübeck

Prolonged visit to Lübeck to stay four months with Dietrich Buxtehude

Dec 2-3, 1705

Lübeck

Buxtehude oratorios Castrum doloris and Templum bonoris performed in Lübeck

Feb 1706

Arnstadt

Return to Arnstadt

Feb 21 +, 1706

Arnstadt

Reprimand by church Consistory for long absence

Nov 28, 1706

Langewiesen

Organ examination at Langewiesen, near Gehren

Apr 24, 1707

Mühlhausen

Easter Sunday: audition for the organist position at Blasiuskirche, Mühlhausen; performance of a cantata (BWV 4?)

June 14-22, 1707

Mühlhausen

Negotiations with the Mühlhausen Town Council; accepts appointment

June 29, 1707

Arnstadt

Returns organ keys to Arnstadt authorities

Mühlhausen (1707-1708)

Date/Year

Place

Event

July 1, 1707

Mühlhausen

Begins as organist at Blasiuskirche, Mühlhausen

Oct 17, 1707

Dornheim

Marriage with cousin Maria Barbara Bach, daughter of Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694) of Gehren, in Dornheim, near Arnstadt

Weimar (1708-1717)

Date/Year

Place

Event

June 1708

Weimar

Appointment as organist and chamber musician to the Court of Weimar

Dec 29, 1708

Weimar

Baptism of daughter Catharina Dorothea

1708-1712

Ammern

Organ examination in Ammern, near Mühlhausen

Oct 26, 1710

Taubach

Organ examination in Taubach, near Weimar

Nov 22, 1710

Weimar

Son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach born

Jan 17, 1711

Weimar

Godfather to Magdalena Dorothea Backer

Sep 27, 1712

Weimar

Godfather to son of J.G. Walther

1712-1714

Weimar

Organ Examination at Palace Church, Weimar

Feb 1713

Weißenfels

Visit to Weißenfels

Feb 23, 1713

Weimar

Birth of twins Johann Christoph (died Feb 23) and Maria Sophia (buried Mar 13)

Nov 27, 1713

Weimar

Godfather to J.G. Trebs

Dec 1713

Halle

Competition for organist post aHalle

1713

Weimar

Orgelbüchlein partly composed

Feb/Mar 1714

Halle

Offer of Halle post declined

Mar 2, 1714

Weimar

Appointment as Konzertmeister at Weimar

Mar 8, 1714

Weimar

Birth of son Carl Philipp Emanuel

1714

Weimar

Orgelbüchlein partly composed

May 11, 1715

Weimar

Birth of son Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach

1715

Weimar

Orgelbüchlein partly composed

Apr 29-May 2, 1716

Halle

Organ examination in Liebfrauenkirche, Halle

Jul 31, 1716

Erfurt

Organ examination in Augustinerkirche, Erfurt

Mar 26, 1717

Gotha

Good Friday: guest performance of a (lost) passion at the Palace Church of Gotha

Aug 5, 1717

Köthen

Appointment as Kapellmeister at Köthen

Autumn 1717

Dresden

Organ competition in Dresden with Louis Marchand

Nov 6-Dec 2, 1717

Weimar

Four weeks arrest for “insubordination” in Weimar

Köthen (1717-1723)

Date/Year

Place

Event

1717

Köthen

Transfer to Köthen to serve as Kapellmeister

Dec 16, 1717

Leipzig

Organ examination in Paulinerkirche, Leipzig

May-June 1718

Karlsbad

Visit to Karlsbad with Prince Leopold

Nov 17, 1718

Köthen

Baptism of son Leopold Augustus

Feb (?) 1719

Berlin

Visit to Berlin for purchase of harpsichord

May-July 1719

 

Attempted meeting with Händel

Sep 16, 1719

Köthen

Death of son Leopold Augustus

Jan 10, 1720

Köthen

Godfather to S.C. Abel

May-July 1720

Karlsbad

Visit to Karlsbad with Prince Leopold

July 1720

Köthen

Death of J.S. Bach’s wife Maria Barbara Bach (buried July 7)

Nov 1720

Hamburg

Visit to Hamburg; offer of organist post at Jakobikirche declined

1720

 

6 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin BWV 1001-1006

Feb 22, 1721

 

Death of brother Johann Christoph

Mar 24, 1721

Köthen

Performance of the 6 Brandenburg Concertos

June 26, 1721

Köthen

Godfather to J.C.H. Bähr

< Aug 7, 1721

Schleiz

Guest performance in Schleiz at the court of Count Reuss

Sep 25, 1721

Köthen

Godfather to J.C. Hahn

Dec 3, 1721

Köthen

Marriage to Anna Magdalena Wülcken at Köthen

Apr 16, 1722

Stockholm

Death of brother Johann Jacob, royal court musician in Stockholm

Aug 9, 1722

Zerbst

Guest performance in Zerbst: birthday of Prince Johan August of Anhalt-Zerbst

Oct 26, 1722

Köthen

Godfather to S.D. Schulze

Dec 21, 1722

Leipzig

Candidate entered for post of Thomaskantor, Leipzig

1722

 

The Well-Tempered Clavier Part I completed

Mar 4, 1723

Köthen

Birth of daughter Christiana Sofia Henrietta; godfather to J.F. Bähr

   

Fair copy of Inventions

Leipzig (1723-1730)

Date/Year

Place

Event

May 5, 1723

Leipzig

Appointment as Thomaskantor, Leipzig

May 22, 1723

Leipzig

Transfer to Leipzig

Nov 2, 1723

Störmthal

Organ examination & performance of Festival Cantata BWV 194 ‘Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest’ in Störmthal

Feb 26, 1724

Leipzig

Birth of son Gottfried Heinrich

June 25, 1724

Gera

Organ examination in Johanniskirche and Salvatorkirche, Gera

July 1724

Köthen

Visit to Köthen with wife

Oct 15, 1724

Leipzig

Godfather to J.C. Kunadt

Feb 1725

Weißenfels

Visit to Weißenfels

Apr 14, 1725

Leipzig

Baptism of son Christian Gottlieb

Apr 19-20, 1725

Dresden

Organ recitals at Sophienkirche, Dresden

Dec 1725

Köthen

Visit to Köthen with wife

Apr 5, 1726

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Elisabeth Juliana Friederike

June 29, 1726

Leipzig

Death of daughter Christiana Sophia Henrietta

1726

 

Keyboard Partita No. 1 published

Oct 30, 1727

Leipzig

Baptism of son Ernestus Andreas (died Nov 1)

1727

 

Keyboard Partitas Nos. 2 & 3 published

Aug 11, 1728

Leipzig

Godfather to L. Spieß

Sep 21, 1728

Leipzig

Death of son Christian Gottlieb

Oct 10, 1728

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Regina Johanna

Dec 27, 1728

 

Burial of sister Maria Salome

1728

 

Keyboard Partita No. 4 published

Feb 1729

Weißenfels

Visit to Weißenfels

Mar 23-24, 1729

Köthen

Visit to Köthen

Mar 1729

Leipzig

Directorship of Collegium Musicum

June 1729

 

2nd attempt to meet Händel

July 28, 1729

 

Death of sister-in-law Friedelana Margaretha Bach

Jan 1, 1730

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Christiana Benedicta Louisa (died Jan 4)

Mar 13, 1730

Leipzig

Godfather to M.R. Schramm

Aug 23, 1730

Leipzig

Entwurff addressed to Town Council

Oct 28, 1730

 

Letter to G. Erdmann inquiring about opportunities at Danzig

Oct 30, 1730

Leipzig

Godfather to J.M. Wilde

1730

 

Keyboard Partitas No. 5 & 6 published

Leipzig (1731-1740)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Mar 18, 1731

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Christiana Dorothea

Sep 14-21, 1731

Dresden

Organ recitals at Sophienkirche, Dresden

Nov 12, 1731

Stöntzsch

Organ examination in Stöntzsch Kirche, near Pegau

1731

 

Clavier-Übung I published

Dec 4, 1732

Stöntzsch

Re-examination of organ examination at Stöntzsch Kirche

June 21, 1732

Leipzig

Birth of son Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

Aug 31, 1732

Leipzig

Death of daughter Christiana Dorothea

Sep 1732

Leipzig

Opening of rebuilt Thomasschule

Sep 22-28, 1732

Kassel

Organ examination in Martinskirche, Kassel

Apr 25, 1733

Leipzig

Death of daughter Regina Johanna

June 23, 1733

Dresden

Appointment of son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach as organist at Sophienkirche, Dresden

Jul 1733

Dresden

Visit to Dresden

Nov 5, 1733

Leipzig

Baptism of son Johann August Abraham (died Nov 6)

Feb 8, 1735

Merseburg

Visit to Merseburg

Jun 1735

Mühlhausen

Organ examination in Marienkirche, Mühlhausen

Jun 16, 1735

Mühlhausen

Appointment of son Gottfried Bernhard as organist at Marienkirche

Sep 7, 1735

Leipzig

Baptism of son Johann Christian Bach

Nov 1735

Collmen

Visit to Collmen

1735

 

Clavier-Übung II published

July +, 1736

Leipzig

Conflict with Rector J.A. Ernesti over choice of school perfects

Nov 19, 1736

Dresden

Appointment as Hofcompositeur to Dresden Court

Dec 1, 1736

Dresden

Organ recital at Frauenkirche, Dresden

173

Leipzig

Georg Christian Schemelli's Songbook published

Jan 14, 1737

Sangerhausen

Appointment of son Johann Gottfried as organist of Jakobikirche, Sangerhausen

Spring 1737

Leipzig

Temporary break in directorship of Collegium Musicum

May 1737

 

Adverse criticism of music by J.A. Scheide

Oct 1737

Leipzig

Arrival of Johann Elias Bach as tutor and secretary

Oct 30, 1737

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Johanna Carolina

Dec 16, 1737

Weissensee

Organ examination in Weißensee, near Naumburg

May 1738

 

Appointment of son Carl Philipp Emanuel as harpsichordist to Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia

May 1738

Dresden

Visit to Dresden

Jan 28, 1739

Jena

Son Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach registers at the University of Jena

May 27, 1739

Leipzig

Death of son Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach

1739

Altenburg

Organ examination and recital in Schloßkirche, Altenburg

1739

 

Clavier-Übung III published

Oct 2, 1739

 

Resumption of directorship of Collegium Musicum

Nov 7-14, 1739

Weißenfels

Visit to Weißenfels with wife

Apr 1740

Halle

Visit to Halle

Leipzig (1741-1750)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Aug 1741

Berlin

Visit to son Carl Philipp Emanuel in Berlin

1741

Leipzig

Illness of wife Anna Magdalena

Nov 1741

Dresden

Visit to Dresden

Feb 22, 1742

Leipzig

Baptism of daughter Regina Susanna

Aug 30, 1742

Kleinzschocher

Performance of the Peasants’ Cantata BWV 212 in Kleinzschocher

Oct 31, 1742

Leipzig

Departure of Johann Elias Bach

1742

Bad Berka

Organ examination in Bad Berka

1742

 

Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) published

Apr 18, 1743

Leipzig

Godfather to J.S. Weyrauch

Dec 1743

Leipzig

Organ examination in Johanniskirche, Leipzig

1744

Berlin

Marriage of son Carl Philipp Emanuel to Johanna Maria Dannemann in Berlin

1745

 

Birth of grandson Johann August

Apr 16, 1746

Halle

Appointment of son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach as organist of the Liebfrauenkirche, Halle

Aug 7, 1746

Zschortau

Organ examination in Zschortau, near Delitzsch

Sep 27, 1746

Naumburg

Organ examination in Wenzelskirche (St. Wenceslas), Naumburg

May 7-8, 1747

Potsdam

Visit to Friedrich the Great in Potsdam

May 1747

Heiligengrabe

Visit to Heiligengrabe

1747

 

Musical Offering published

Jun 1747

 

Enrolment in Lorenz Christoph Mizler’s Society of Musical Science

Sep 4, 1747

 

Birth of granddaughter Anna Carolina Philippina

Sep 24, 1748

 

Birth of grandson Johann Sebastian

1748 or 1749

 

Canonic variations published

Jan 20, 1749

Leipzig

Marriage of daughter Elisabeth Juliana Friederica to J.C. Altnickol in Leipzig

June 8, 1749

Leipzig

Probe of Johann Gottlob Harrer with a view to his succeeding Bach as Thomaskantor

Oct 4, 1749

 

Birth of grandson Johann Sebastian Altnickol (buried Dec 21)

1749

 

Mass in B minor BWV 232 completed

Jan 1750

Bückeburg

Appointment of son Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach as court musician at Bückeburg

Mar-Apr 1750

 

Operation by oculist John Taylor

1750

 

Work on The Art of Fugue (since c1742); published 1751

July 22, 1750

 

Final communion

July 28, 1750

Leipzig

Death of J.S. Bach dies in Leipzig

July 31, 1750

Leipzig

Burial at Johanniskirche, Leipzig. Last place of rest since 1949 in the Thomaskirche

Posthumous Years (1750-1800)

Date/Year

Place

Event

Fall 1750

Berlin

Johann Christian Bach (age 15) joins the household of his stepbrother C.P.E. Bach in Berlin

Fall 1750

Naumburg

Gottfried Heinrich joins the household of his brother-in-law Johann Christoph Altnickol in Naumburg

Aug 7, 1750

Leipzig

Election of Johann Gottlob Harrer as Thomaskantor (other applicants for his position: C.P.E. Bach, A.F. Graun, J.L. Krebs, J.G. Görner. And J. Trier)

Aug 29 +, 1750

Leipzig

The Leipzig Town Council acquires performing parts of chorale cantata cycle from Anna Magdalena Bach for the use of the Thomaskantor

Oct 2, 1750

Leipzig

Installation of Johann Gottlob Harrer as Thomaskantor

Nov 11, 1750

Leipzig

Settlement of Bach’s estate at the probate court of Leipzig University

Winter 1750-51

 

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Friedrich Agricola write Obituary (published 1754)

May 1751

 

Jubilate (Spring) Fair: publication of The Art of Fugue BWV 1080

June 1, 1751

 

Subscription announcement for The Art of Fugue

May 1752

 

2nd edition of The Art of Fugue

July 9, 1755

Leipzig

Death of Thomaskantor Johann Gottlob Harrer

Sep 29, 1755

Leipzig

Special services to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Augsburg Religious Peace at both the St. Thomas and St. Nicolai’s; performance of Cantata BWV 126, conducted by the perfect (probably C.F. Penzl)

Oct 8, 1755

Leipzig

Appointment of Johann Friedrich Doles, cantor at the cathedral in Freiburg (a pupil of J.S. Bach’s 1739-1743) as Thomaskantor

Feb 27, 1760

Leipzig

Death of Anna Magdalena Bach (age 59); buried Feb 29

Feb 12, 1763

Naumburg

Death of Gottfried Heinrich (age 39) in Naumburg

Jan 14, 1774

Leipzig

Death of daughter Catharina Dorothea Bach (age 65) in Leipzig

Aug 18, 1781

Leipzig

Death of daughter Johanna Carolina Bach (age 43) in Leipzig

Aug 24, 1781

Leipzig

Death of daughter Elisabeth Juliane Friederica Altnickol (age 55) in Leipzig

Jan 1, 1782

London

Death of son Johann Christian Bach (age 46) in London

July 1, 1784

Berlin

Death of son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (age 73) in Berlin

Dec 14, 1788

Hamburg

Death of son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (age 74) in Hamburg

Jan 26, 1795

Bückeburg

Death of son Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (age 63) in Bückeburg

Dec 14, 1809

Leipzig

Death of daughter Regina Susanna Bach (age 67) in Leipzig

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Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2003- December 2009)

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