Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was the eldest surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach and his second wife Anna Magdalena Wulcken; he was born in Leipzig in 1732. His father gave him his first music instruction. After his initial studies in law he devoted himself entirely to music. In 1750 he entered the services of Count Wilhelm zu Buckeburg where he first of all was engaged as the Count's chamber musician (Hochgraflicher Schaumburg-Lippischer Cammer-Musicus), later as orchestral director a post which he held until his death in 1795.
The "Buckeburg Bach" is described as an amiable and devout person who was highly respected and esteemed for his "rectitude, greatness of soul, readiness to oblige and kindness" (Schlichtegroll, Nekrolog). He was an exceedingly industrious and gifted composer in whom one could
not fail to recognise that the spirit of his great father had also been communicated to him" (Dulon).
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach's Sonata A Violoncello Solo Col Basso appears in print for the first time with this edition. The autograph which served as source was held at the time in the University Library at Tubingen, depot of the former Prussian State Library, under the call-mark Mus. ms. autogr. Bach P 382 which has subsequently been moved to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. For practical use the accompaniment has been realised from the unfigured Bass.
- Piano reduction and separte parts for Cello and Basso continuo.