This is Johann Ambrosius Bach. Father of all children of the Bach family on this page of the website. Plus grandfather of all children of Johann Sebastian Bach. He already was a musician in the fourth generation of this huge family of musicians. And that is to say, that his father performed music, his grandfather, and even his great-grandfather.
So, from the very beginning: What please is "Frauenplan"? The answer? It's just a little strange name for a street, even for Germans. However, more precisely it's a term for a place. The Frauenplan is a huge place in Eisenach. Today it's a parking lot, directly – really directly – in front of the Bachhaus (Bach House) and the brand new Bach Museum and the second famous Bach memorial in the world.
Johann Ambrosius Bach and his brother Johann Christoph Bach. They are father and uncle of the children in the Bachhaus, the Bach House in Eisenach. Both were musicians, and – as later Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, one of the most musical children of Johann Sebastian Bach wrote in the necrology, the Nekrolog: " ... they looked alike so much (... the brothers), that even their spouses couldn't tell but by their clothes. Correct: I couldn't stop from fudge. Of course, there is only one oil painting with Johann Sebastian Bach's father (... on the left and on the right). Not from JSB's uncle. However, if both looked the same sooooo much, then two paintings of both brothers would have looked exactly like this.
They are especially looking forward to children in the Bachhaus in Eisenach. Because: If children played such a big role in the life of Johann Ambrosius Bach and if children of Johann Sebastian Bach played such a big role in his life and when the Thomaners – all boys – in Leipzig played a big role for long 27 years in Johann Sebastian Bach's life ... than ... children today are still very important today.
In Eisenach, there is a special music pedagogue for children and he guarantees, that you learn everything about the Bachs in Eisenach (... that is to say not about Johann Sebastian Bach and his children, but about Johann Sebastian's parents (... both are not born in Eisenach, but at different places). Sure you will learn much about the children of Johann Sebastian Bach (... none of them is born in Eisenach but in other Bach cities). And maybe you are soon one of these few folks – with your parents – who know, that knowledge in your school (... not your parents), that Johann Sebastian Bach wasn't born in the Bach House (Bachhaus). He is born a few steps closer to the old city of Eisenach. He did live in the Bach House. For exactly 10 years. After that time, he moved in with his oldest brother in Ohrdruf together with the younger brother of the Ohrdruf brother*. Why is what you can read in one of the Bach short biographies. Or in the FAQ chapter.
* Isn't that written really confusing? So: There were three brothers, all sons of Johann Ambrosius Bach, Johann Sebastian's dad. The oldest already had left "the nest" and worked in Ohrdruf. The two younger brothers first lived together with their parents in the Bachhaus in Eisenach, later only with their father. However, not much later, after first their uncle and next their father had died, the two younger Bach brothers moved in with the oldest Bach brother to Ohrdruf. Better? Nice.
It's true that not only you can visit several concerts when you visit the Bachhaus in Eisenach. They perform the concerts on historic musical instruments. After that, you additionally get a cool impression, what a kitchen looked like back then, how a children's room or the living room was equipped with furniture and on which instruments the kids of Johann Ambrosius Bach and his wife Elisabetha learned to play. Have all kids tried to learn how to perform music? Probably Johann Ambrosius tried it at least – at least with Johann Sebastian it worked to perfection. That is what they know. Plus the oldest brother of Johann Sebastian has become a musician, too.
If there is time left after your visit to the Bachhaus, you might want to walk the short way to the town palace, where Johann Ambrosius had played with the town pipers. If you are exploring this, then it's really exciting, to check, where they have walked around some 333 years earlier, where they went shopping and visited friends and celebrated festivities. On these festivities Daddy Johann Ambrosius has made music – he played on instruments – and the miniature Bach, that is to say, Johann Sebastian Bach sang. That performance upgraded the family income much. If you turn around – if you are standing right in front of the town palace – then you see the cool St. George Church (Georgenkirche). Just enter this place and look around a little, because there is another memorial to honor Johann Sebastian Bach, however, it's a really blackly one. In just a few feet distance you will find the font, where Bach was baptized some 333 years ago. If you are able to accomplish a few feet more, than you finally stand right in front of the school, in which Johann Sebastian Bach every once in a while skipped education. Some think, he just made a hooky, however, one Bach biographer said, that just wasn't the case. Because Johann Ambrosius needed his son to perform music, making money was a lot more important than to attend school.
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