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Malcolm Boyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307719.001.0001

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Weimar [1708–17]

Weimar [1708–17]

(p.35) Chapter 3 Weimar [1708–17]

Malcolm Boyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines developments in the personal life and musical career of Johann Sebastian Bach during the period from 1708 to 1717. Six of the seven of Bach's children were born in Weimar, where he worked as court organist. Bach later moved to Cothen, and when he saw an opportunity for career advancement he requested Duke Wilhelm for his release. The duke became enraged at Bach's insistence and placed him under arrest and held him prisoner. After this imprisonment the duke granted Bach an ignominious dismissal.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, musical career, Weimar, court organist, Duke Wilhelm

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