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Georg Böhm: 1661-1733


Georg Böhm was born in Bach's native Thuringia and became organist at the Church of St. John in Lüneburg in 1698. Two years later young Bach received a scholarship to sing soprano in the choir of the Saint Michael's Church in that same city. Before moving to Lüneburg, Böhm had worked in Hamburg where it is possible that he studied with Reincken. Böhm is known primarily as a composer of works for organ and harpsichord (preludes, fugues, and partitas), but also for his choral music. In a letter to Forkel, Carl Philipp Emanuel named Böhm as a composer whose works his father had admired as a youth.

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