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J. S. Bach: A Life in Music

Peter Williams

2007

Renowned German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), was in kinship care for 5 years as a child. Sebastian was born in Thuringia into a large family with a long lineage of musical talent. He was the last of 8 children to Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645-1695) and Maria Elisabeth Lämmerhirt(1644-1694). On the death of Maria Elisabeth, Ambrosius still had 3 children to care for, including Sebastian. He therefore remarried quickly, but died only 3 months later. 10 year old Sebastian, and his older brother, 13 year old Jacob, were sent to live with their older brother Johann Christoph Bach. A distinguished scholar and performer, Williams re-examines Bach's life as an orphan and family man, as an extraordinarily gifted composer and player and as an ambitious artist who never suffered fools gladly.