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Born: 21 March 1685 in Eisenach, Germany
Died: 28 July 150 Liepzig, Germany
Married: twice -- his cousin Maria Barbara in 1707 and Anna Magdalena in 1721
Children: You bet. 20 in total although few survived infancy
Claim to fame: A brilliant improviser at the organ and the absolute master of counterpoint. He was highly respected during his lifetime but near the end, most people thought him the way one would an elderly relative....a harmless relic, completely out of touch with contemporary ...