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Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ

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Uploaded by: EdoL (08/02/17)
Composer: Bach, Johann Bernhard
Sample Producer: OrganArt Media
Sample Set: 1675/88 Hus/Arp Schnitger, Stade, Germany
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Johann Bernhard Bach (1676 - 1749)

German organist and composer. Elder son of Johann Egidius Bach. Clearly an eminent organist, because after he had served at Erfurt's Kaufmannskirche his reputation was so high that he was called away to the city of Magdeburg,

However, he returned to his native state when, on the death of the great Johann Christoph Bach, the position as Eisenach's organist was offered to him.
Working at the fine organ, remodelled according to his predecessor's instructions, must have suited him, for he remained until his death in 1749.

The music activities in the town were greatly improved by the efforts of two outstanding conductors who served there in succession, the eminent virtuoso, Pantaleon Hebensreit, and the energetic Georg Philipp Telemann.

A contemporary writer, Johann Limberg, described as follows: "on this [new] organ every Sunday graceful music is performed in honour of the Lord. The Council has engaged for this purpose Hr J. Konrad Geisthirte as Cantor, Hr J. Bernhard Bach as organist and Hr J. Heinrich Halle [the successor of Ambrosius Bach] as musicus instrumentalis. All three are renowned and experienced in their art.

Telemann stayed for four years only, and after his departure the music-loving Duke Johann Wilhelm may have appreciated all the more the talent of his organist, who also supplied him with delightfuil orchestral suites.

Bernhard's salary was eventually almost doubled and remained undiminished even when, in 1741, Eisenach became part of the principality of Weimar and its ducal band was dismissed.

There was a great friendship between Bernhard and Johann Sebastian, who were related both on their fathers' and on their mothers' sides.

Bernhard was the godfather of Sebastian's third son, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, while Sebastian acted in the same capacity for Bernhard's son, Johann Ernst, whose teacher he subsequently became.

The score is in Straube's Chorasvorspiele alterr Meister.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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