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Throughout history in every field there have been several families who stand out for their achievements In music few families can compete with the success or the productivity that the Bachs can proudly claim The Bach family represents the most fmidable example of a musical dynasty1 The musical output of this family is remarkable There were musician Bachs in the sixteenth century the last of the line died in 1846 In between there was no generation without a musician They were all reted and even using quite strict criteria seventy-five of them made their living or part of it by practicing music2 Besides the musical nature of the family another noteworthy fact is that the Bach family remained in a specific area of Germany fomany generations The family of which Johann Sebastian Bach was a descendant was purely and thoroughly German and can be traced to its home in Thuringia even before the time of the Reformation3 This geographic stability was probably one of the facrs that contributed to the common interest in music that existed from generation to generation Also the composers in the family showed a strong sense of patriotism and dedication to the progression of German ideas and beliefs in the development of thr musical styles For generations they had at once festered and represented those forms of music which appeal most nearly to the transcendental and metaphysical spirit of the German people and which were destined to be brought by them to the highest rfection - namely instrumental music and Protestant sacred music which chiefly grows out of instrumental music4 The Bachs played an important role in several developments of instrumental music including the role of the trumpet In the music of thlater Bachs especially Johann Sebastian the trumpet evolved into an important melodic character which employed a similar range to that of the soprano In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries however a trumpet was any one of many variegated wininstruments
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