Johann Christoph Bach (1671–1721)

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Johann Christoph Bach (16 June 1671 – 22 February 1721) was a German musician and composer. He was the eldest brother of the more famous German musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Christoph was born in Erfurt, where he studied under Johann Pachelbel, and his library of keyboard music included works by Pachelbel, Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Kaspar Kerll. In 1690 he became organist at the Michaeliskirche at Ohrdruf, and in 1694 he was married there.[1] He died, aged 49, in Ohrdruf.

Relationship with J.S. Bach[edit]

Johann Sebastian Bach's parents both died before he was ten, and he moved in with his eldest brother Johann Christoph, who raised him from that point on. According to J.S. Bach's obituary written by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Friedrich Agricola, it was under Christoph's guidance that J.S. Bach "laid the foundations of his keyboard technique". Christoph is however more commonly remembered for denying his younger brother access to a book of his keyboard pieces:


  1. ^ Malcolm Boyd: Bach, pp. 7–8, ISBN 0-19-514222-5
  2. ^ Malcolm Boyd: Bach, p. 8 ISBN 0-19-514222-5