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Georg Christoph Bach


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Born: September 6, 1642 - Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany
Died: April 27, 1697 - Schweinfurt, Germany

The German composer, Georg Christoph Bach, was the son of Christoph Bach. He was trained in music at Arnstadt, and was evidently academically gifted; he attended the Gymnasium Casimiranum in Coburg (1663-1665) and Leipzig University (1665-1666).

In 1668 Georg Christoph Bach became Kantor and organist in Themar, and from 1688 he was Kantor at St Johannis in Schweinfurt, where his uncles Johann and Heinrich Bach had been organists. A vocal concerto by him survives: Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist es for two tenors, bass, violin, three gambas and continuo. It was composed on his 47th birthday, evidently for performance with his brothers, the twins Ambrosius and Christoph, probably at some family gathering. 4 of the cantatas he composed are extant: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her; O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen; O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden; Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht. A Schweinfurt inventory of 1689 lists four other vocal works: Gott ist unser Zuversicht, Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, Wie lieblich sind auf den Bergen and Wohl her, lasset uns wohl leben.

Source: Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2005, acc. 12/15/05 (by Christoph Wolff)

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