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A Bach Timeline

Bach's home in Eisenach

Read a timeline of Bach's life and find out when he composed his major works.

Photo of Bach's birthplace in Eisenach.

    1685

    Bach born in Eisenach, 21 March

      1692

      Enrols at Lateinschule, Eisenach

        1695

        Bach's father dies; Bach moves to school at Ohrdruf

          1700

          Bach enrols at the Michaelisschule, Lüneburg

            1703

            Bach secures organist's post at the Neue Kirche, Arnstadt

              1705

              Bach makes extended visit to Lübeck to hear Buxtehude

                1707

                Bach appointed organist at Mühlhausen; marries his niece, Maria

                  1708

                  Bach appointed organist and chamber musician at Weimar

                    1710

                    Bach's son Wilhelm Friedemann born

                      1713

                      Cantata No 208 performed; begins composing the Orgelbüchlein

                      1717

                      Bach appointed Kapellmeister at Cöthen

                        1720

                        Death of Bach's wife Maria; Sonatas and Partitas composed

                        1721

                        Bach marries Anna Magdalena. Brandenburg Concertos performed

                        1723

                        Bach appointed Kantor at the Thomaskirche, Leipzig

                          1727

                          St Matthew Passion performed in Leipzig on 11 April

                          1732

                          Rebuilt Thomasschule opens. St John Passion performed

                          1734

                          Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3 performed

                          1739

                          Publication of the Clavierübung Part III

                          1742

                          Goldberg Variations published

                          1747

                          The Musical Offering is published

                          1749

                          Completion of the B Minor Mass

                          1750

                          Working on The Art of Fugue, Bach dies on 28 July

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