Georg Christoph Bach

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Georg Christoph Bach (6 September 1642 – 27 April 1697) was a German composer.[1] He was the son of Christoph Bach and the elder brother of Johann Sebastian Bach's father Johann Ambrosius Bach.[2]


Georg Christoph Bach was born in Erfurt, Germany, in 1642. He was trained in music in Arnstadt and attended the Casimirianum in Coburg and later Leipzig University. In 1668, he became cantor and organist in Themar, and from 1688 until his death he was the cantor at St. Johannis in Schweinfurt, where his uncles Johann and Heinrich Bach had been organists.[1]


His most well known work is Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist es for two tenors, bass, violin, three gambas and continuo. It was composed on his 47th birthday and a visit to Schweinfurt by his two younger twin brothers.[1][2] Four of his cantatas 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.[1]

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