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Georg Christoph Bach

Georg Christoph Bach (6 September 1642 – 27 April 1697) was a German composer.[1] He was the son of Christoph Bach and the elder brother of Johann Sebastian Bach’s father Johann Ambrosius Bach.[2]

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His most well-known work is Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist es for 2 tenors, bass, violin, three gambas and continuo. It was composed on his forty seventh birthday and a go to to Schweinfurt by his two youthful twin brothers.[1][2] Four of his chorale cantatas are extant, on the hymns “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her”, “O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen”, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden”, and “Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht”. A Schweinfurt stock of 1689 lists three different vocal works: Gott ist unsere Zuversicht, Wie lieblich sind auf den Bergen and Wohl her, lasset uns wohl leben.[1]

Georg Christoph Bach was born in Erfurt, Germany, in 1642. He was skilled in music in Arnstadt and attended the Casimirianum in Coburg and later Leipzig University. In 1668, he turned cantor and organist in Themar, and from 1688 till his loss of life he was the cantor at St. Johannis in Schweinfurt, the place his uncles Johann and Heinrich Bach had been organists.[1]

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