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Who were Bach's friends? Who had the pleasure of the great composer's company throughout his incredible life? Find out more about the key people who influenced Bach's life and music.
The great-grandfather of J. S. Bach was known as "der Spielmann" - "the player". He was the first professional musician in the family. Starting out as a baker and carpet maker, he moved on to becoming a fiddle-playing minstrel. He travelled widely as a musician through the central German state of Thuringia, visiting such towns as Erfurt, Weimar and Gera (pictured).
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