Friday, March 14, 2014

Multiple Marriages

Around the same time Bach dedicated his Brandenburg Concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg, as mentioned in Wednesday’s post, he married his second wife.

While working as a church organist in Mülhausen in 1707, Bach married his first wife and second cousin, Maria Barbara. They had seven children prior to her premature death in 1720. Stories say that Bach was out of town and unaware of his wife’s passing and returned home to find her already buried!

In 1721 Bach married his second wife and fellow musician, Anna Magdalena. She bore him 13 children.

Bach has quite a few children who also become predominant composers. We often play them on WGUC. Can you name any of Bach’s sons?


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