326 years ago today Johann Sebastian Bach was born to Elisabeth and Ambrosious Bach in the small village of Eisenach, Germany. It was Johann Sebastian’s destiny to become a musician. After all, his great-grandfatherVitus started the musical Bach tradition when he took up the lute to while away the time at his grist mill. His father Ambrosious was a stadtpfeifer, or wind player, well-known in the city and the court of Eisenstadt. So it was that Ambrosious was dedicated to educating his son in the finer points of music. He envisioned a life in the court as a violinist for his young son.
However, Ambrosious and Elisabeth died shortly after their young son turned ten years old leaving the young boy an orphan. Fortunately, though, Ambrosious had trained his older son Christoph in music as well. With Ambrosious’ death it was decided that the precocious and amazingly talented Johann Sebastian be sent to live with Christoph where he would continue his music studies. And continue he did, studying scores of other composers and being tutored in theory and keyboard skills as well by his older brother. With this background Johann Sebastian Bach started to compose. What a musical legacy he left for the world!
Join us as we celebrate the life of this great composer and his family in our organ and media event, Bach and Sons in Salem, Oregon on Sunday April 3 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty Street SE. You will not want to miss this event where I play the greatest music ever composed for the organ!