Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Composer + Performer + Organist
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Born Nov 22, 1710
Died Jul 1, 1784

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was a German composer and performer. Despite his acknowledged genius as an organist, improviser and composer, his income and employment were unstable and he died in poverty.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1710 Birth Born in 1710.

THIRTIES

1742 32 Years Old Among his many pupils in Dresden was Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, the keyboardist whose name is erroneously enshrined in the popular nickname given to J. S. Bach's 1742 publication, “Aria with Diverse Variations”—that is, “The Goldberg Variations.” The scholar Peter Williams has discredited the story linking the work to Goldberg, stating that J. S. Bach wrote the work for the Russian Ambassador Count Hermann Carl von Keyserlingk, who would ask his employee, Goldberg, to play variations for him to ward off insomnia. … Read More
1749 39 Years Old Friedemann was deeply unhappy in Halle almost from the beginning of his tenure. In 1749 he was involved in a conflict with the Cantor of the Liebfrauenkirche, Gottfried Mittag, who had misappropriated funds that were due to Friedemann.

FORTIES

1750 40 Years Old In 1750 the church authorities reprimanded Friedemann for overstaying a leave of absence (he was in Leipzig settling his father's estate).
1751 41 Years Old In 1751, Friedemann married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1721–1791), who was 11 years his junior and who outlived him by seven years. … Read More
1753 43 Years Old In 1753 he made his first documented attempt to find another post, and thereafter made several others. … Read More

FIFTIES

1762 52 Years Old In 1762, he negotiated for the post of Kapellmeister to the court of Darmstadt; although he protracted the negotiations for reasons that are opaque to historians and did not actively take the post, he nevertheless was appointed "Hofkapellmeister of Hessen-Darmstadt", a title he used in the dedication of his Harpsichord Concerto in E minor. … Read More
1768 58 Years Old His financial situation deteriorated so much that in 1768 he re-applied for his old job in Halle, without success. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1770 60 Years Old After leaving Halle in 1770, he lived for several years (1771–1774) in Braunschweig where he applied in vain for the post of an organist at the St. Catherine's church. … Read More
1784 74 Years Old Died in 1784.
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