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Malcolm Boyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307719.001.0001

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Background and Early Years (1685–1703)

Background and Early Years (1685–1703)

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Background and Early Years (1685–1703)
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Bach
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Malcolm Boyd

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307719.003.0001

This chapter examines the early life of German composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach during the period from 1685 to 1703. Bach was born on March 21, 1685, was christened later at the front of the historic Georgenkirche. Nothing is known for certain about Bach's early years until 1693, when he was listed in the fifth class of the Lateinschule at Eisenach. He came from a musical family and he was taught and learned how to play the organ, harpsichord, and violin at an early age. By 1703, Bach was employed as court organist at Weimar.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, organist, composer, Germany, court organist

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