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Johann Ambrosius Bach 1645-1695


Johann Sebastian's father, Ambrosius Bach, was the twin of Johann Christoph (1645-93). When Carl Philipp Emanuel updated the family genealogy in 1774 he noted that the twins were identical in looks and mannerisms to the extent that even their wives could not tell them apart. In 1661 Ambrosius moved to Eisenach where his duties as Hausmann required him to perform chorales twice a day from the tower of the town hall, assist the church musicians on feast days, and provide music for civic and municipal functions. In 1684 Ambrosius unsuccessfully petitioned the town council to be released from his duties to accept a position in Erfurt.

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