Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
(the “Halle” Bach), eldest son of Johann Sebastian; b. Weimar, Nov. 22,
1710; d. Berlin, July 1, 1784. He was a pupil of his father; studied at
the Thomasschule in Leipzig (1723—29); also studied violin with IC. Graun
in Merseburg (1726); in 1729 he enrolled at the Univ. of Leipzig, where he
took courses in mathematics, philosophy, and law. In 1733 he became
organist of the Sophienkirche in Dresden; in 1746 he was appointed
organist of the Liebfrauenkirche in Halle, a post he held until 1764. In
1774 he went to Berlin. As a composer, he was highly gifted; his music
reflects the influences of the Baroque and Rococo styles. An ed. of
selected works was begun by the Abteilung für Musik der Preussischen
Akademie der Kunste; vol. I contains 4 trios (Leipzig, 1935). His
Sinfonias opp. 64 and 65 have been ed. by W. Lebermann (Mainz, 1971), opp.
67—71 by M. Schneider (Leipzig, 1914). His piano compositions have been
ed. by W. Rehberg in Die Sohne Backs (1933); 3 excerpts are in K.
Geiringer, Music of the Bach Family: An Anthology (Cambridge,
Mass., 1955). His organ works are printed in E. Power Biggs and G. Weston,
eds., W.F. Bach: Complete Works for Organ (N.Y., 1947).