(1653 - 1706)
The Complete Organ Works: Volume 2
Antoine Bouchard, Organ
Erfurt was the ancestral home of the Bach family, and there he (Pachelbel) met Ambrosius Bach's eldest son, Johann Christoph, whom he knew from Eisenach, and who lived at Erfurt from 1686 to 1689. Pachelbel undertook the musical education of the young man who, not many years later, would teach his brother Johann Sebastian all he knew when the latter came to live with his family following the death of their parents.
Pachelbel started a family in Erfurt; after the early death of his first wife and their child, he remarried and produced a highly artistic household: of the couple's seven children, two would later become organists, including his eldest son Wilhelm Hieronymus who acted as Pachelbel's successor at Nuremberg for thirty-nine years, another son who became an instrument maker, and a daughter who acheived recognition as a painter and engraver. Pachelbel left Erfurt some years later, apparently looking for a better appointment, first at Stuttgart (1690-92) with the Duchess Sibylla, a friend of the arts, and then in Gotha (1692-95). His travels finally led him home when, in 1695, he accepted the position of organist at the St.Sebald church in Nuremberg.   [To be continued]
- Gilles Cantagrel
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