Bach’s marriage in Dornheim 1707

Pano_Platzhalter_DornheimThanks to a well-paid position in Mühlhausen and a sum of inheritance from his uncle Tobias Lämmerhirt, Johann Sebastian Bach was able to marry his second cousin Maria Barbara only a few months after beginning his tenure.

Maria Barbara was the daughter of organist Johann Michael Bach and lived with her aunt in Arnstadt after the death of her parents. Johann Sebastian returned briefly to Arnstadt in October and was married on 17th October 1707 in Dornheim’s Kirche St. Bartholomäus, where his friend Johann Lorenz Stauber was pastor.

Seven children issued from his marriage with Maria Barbara, who died quite young at the age of 36. Among them are the best-known of Bach’s sons, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel.


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