Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
German composer
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
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.
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Ich bin ein Berliner: Andres Sieling - der Domorganist - Berliner Morgenpost
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Musikwissenschaft, Germanistik und Publizistik hat er studiert und mit einer Doktorarbeit über den Berliner Kirchenmusiker Wilhelm Bach abgeschlossen. Das war die Theorie. In Düsseldorf studierte er Orgel. In Halle legte er das A-Examen für
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Im Team aufs Siegertreppchen - so der Plan - VDI nachrichten
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„Aber der Uni-Präsident übernahm die Schirmherrschaft des Projekts und unser väterlicher Professor Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach hat seine Tür für uns immer offen“, erinnert Tomforde. Auch sein Budget hat sich seit 2010, als das Team mit einem
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Chef der Papenburger Meyer Werft zu Gast bei "Karriere - Köpfe - Konzerne" - www.academics.de
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Dr.-Ing. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach, Leiter des Instituts für Werkstoffkunde der Leibniz Universität Hannover. Anschließend können die Gespräche bei einem Glas Wein im Foyer vertieft werden. Die Veranstaltung steht allen Studierenden, aber auch anderen
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AN AMERICAN TREASURE FINDS A NEW HOME
NYTimes - over 34 years
One day two years ago or so, a young organ buff was wandering through churches in Plains, Pa. - a small city next door to Wilkes-Barre - to see what kinds of instruments they had there. The pickings were pretty slim on the whole, but in the rear gallery of one Roman Catholic church, he came across something curious. Two keyboards and an
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1784
    Age 73
    Died in 1784.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1770
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Then he moved to Berlin, where he initially was welcomed by the princess Anna Amalia (the sister of Frederick the Great). Later, no longer in favor at court, he gave harpsichord lessons to Sarah Itzig Levy, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family in Berlin and an avid collector of Bach and other early 18th century music, who was also a "patron" of Friedemann's brother CPE Bach. Friedemann died in Berlin. Earlier biographers have concluded that his "wayward" and difficult personality reduced his ability to gain and hold secure employment, but the scholar David Schulenberg writes (in the Oxford Composer Companion: J.S. Bach, ed. Malcolm Boyd, 1999) that "he may also have been affected by changing social conditions that made it difficult for a self-possessed virtuoso to succeed in a church- or court-related position" (p. 39). Schulenberg adds, "he was evidently less willing than most younger contemporaries to compose fashionable, readily accessible music".
  • 1768
    Age 57
    His financial situation deteriorated so much that in 1768 he re-applied for his old job in Halle, without success.
    More Details Hide Details He thereafter supported himself by teaching.
  • 1762
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In June 1764, Friedemann left the job in Halle without any employment secured elsewhere.
  • FORTIES
  • 1753
    Age 42
    In 1753 he made his first documented attempt to find another post, and thereafter made several others.
    More Details Hide Details All these attempts failed. Bach had at least two pupils, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust and Johann Samuel Petri.
  • 1751
    Age 40
    In 1751, Friedemann married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1721–1791), who was 11 years his junior and who outlived him by seven years.
    More Details Hide Details Dorothea was the daughter of a tax collector. The landed estates she inherited caused the family to be placed in a high tax bracket by Halle authorities, who were raising taxes to meet the revenue demands of the Seven Years' War. To raise cash for these payments, she sold part of her property in 1770. The couple produced two sons and a daughter, Friederica Sophia (born in 1757), who was the only one of their offspring to live past infancy. The descendents of Friederica Sophia eventually migrated to Oklahoma.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1750
    Age 39
    In 1750 the church authorities reprimanded Friedemann for overstaying a leave of absence (he was in Leipzig settling his father's estate).
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  • 1749
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1742
    Age 31
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The scholar Peter Williams has discredited the story which links 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. Williams instead has argued that J.S. Bach wrote the variations to provide a display piece for Friedemann. In 1746 Friedemann became organist of the Liebfrauenkirche at Halle.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1710
    Born
    Born in 1710.
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