Notes on German Culture

Johann Sebastian Bach personally designed his Monogram

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) portrait at age 61 by Elias Gottlob Haussmann....Bach's portrait from 1746 is flanked by his Monogram.... Bach personally designed his Monogram which cleverly consists of the intertwined letters JSB, superimposed over their mirror image. He then topped the design with a crown. Bach took the liberty of adding a crown due… Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach personally designed his Monogram

Notes on German Culture, Prussia...Northern Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach was admired by the most powerful man of the era, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, for whom he not only performed but also enhanced some of Frederick’s own compositions.

Bust of Johann Sebastian Bach with notes from his 1721 Brandenburg Concertos. On the left side is his Monogram....Bach personally designed this Monogram, which cleverly consists of his initials JSB, superimposed over their mirror image. He then topped the design with a crown. Bach took the liberty of adding a crown due to his assignments… Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach was admired by the most powerful man of the era, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, for whom he not only performed but also enhanced some of Frederick’s own compositions.