Veit Bach

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Vitus "Veit" Bach (around 1550 – 8 March 1619, Wechmar) was a baker and miller who, according to Johann Sebastian Bach, founded the Bach family, which became one of the most important families in Western musical history. Veit's son, Johannes Bach (de) (ca. 1580–1626), was the grandfather of Johann Ambrosius Bach, J.S. Bach's father, which makes Veit J.S.'s great-great-grandfather.

Evading religious persecution in the Kingdom of Hungary, then under the control of the staunchly Roman Catholic Habsburgs, Bach, being a Protestant, settled in Wechmar, a village in the German state of Thuringia. His descendants continued to live there until Christoph Bach, grandfather of J.S. Bach, moved to Erfurt to take up a position as municipal musician or Stadtpfeifer (town piper). Bach's son Johannes Bach studied music with the town's head piper.[citation needed]