The German composer and organist, Johann Christoph (1642 – 1703) was a German composer a received a thorough musical grounding from his father, Heinrich Bach, and on November 20, 1663 was appointed organist of the Arnstadt castle chapel.
Two years later he was invited by the Eisenach town council to apply for the post of town organist at St George's (where the Kantor was Andreas Christian Dedekind); after an audition on December 10, 1665 he was appointed to that position and also to the post of organist and harpsichordist in the court Kapelle of the Duke of Eisenach. He retained both positions until his death.
Within the Bach family Johann Christoph was highly respected as a composer (a 'profound' one according to the Ursprung). In J.S. Bach's obituary notice of 1754 he is mentioned expressly as one who 'was as good at inventing beautiful thoughts as he was at expressing words.
He composed, to the extent that current taste permitted, in a galant and cantabile style, uncommonly full-textured.
Although Johann Christoph was primarily an organist and harpsichordist, his extant keyboard works are few, but they show him as a capable composer, stylistically akin to Johann Pachelbel.
I intend to upload all of his choral preludes.
The works are small but beautiful and worthy of the attention.
(20) Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn
(21) Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebote
(22) Wie Gott zum Haus nicht gibt ..
(23) Wenn mein Stundlein vorhanden
(24) Mit Fried und Freud
(25) Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn