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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Birth: Nov. 22, 1710
Death: Jul. 1, 1784

Composer. The oldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, he was born in Weimar, Germany. He received an excellent musical education from his father, who wrote Book I of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" (1723) primarily for his use. Bach became organist at the Dresden Sophienkirche in 1733 and at the Halle Liebfrauenkirche in 1746. His compositions include seven concertos, over 40 keyboard works, 33 sacred cantatas, chamber music, and 10 symphonies. Of these, the Concerto for Two Harpsichords (c. 1773) and the Symphony in F Major are considered his finest. Like many in his family Bach was musically gifted, but he lacked their discipline and work ethic. His freethinking attitude towards religion did not endear him to the church officials who employed him, and he indulged in dissolute habits. After his father's death in 1750, he carelessly lost a number of the elder Bach's unpublished manuscripts and tried to pass others off as his own. In 1764 he abruptly quit his job at Halle and never held another permanent post. He died in obscurity in Berlin, leaving his wife and daughter destitute. Bach's music is equally erratic. Stylistically it vacillates between the Baroque and the Classical, sometimes within the same work; some of it is quite good and there are flashes of an originality exceeding that of his famous brother, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. But overall his life was one of squandered opportunities and unfulfilled promise.  (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Parents:
  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
  Maria Barbara Bach (1684 - 1720)
 
 Siblings:
  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 - 1784)
  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)*
  Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 - 1795)**
  Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Luisenstädtischer Friedhof I
Kreuzberg
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Berlin, Germany
 
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Mar 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13504289
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
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