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English cover of the previous song.


Changes by 苏芮 (Julie Sue).






Lyrics by 罗大佑 (Luo Tayou).

Song was released in 1987.
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Today is the birthday of this Malaysian singer.


一个人生活 (Living Alone) by 林凡 (Freya Lim).






Lyrics by 孙维君. Melody by 凌伟文. Song is from Lim's 2000 debut album.

It is also the ending theme song of the 2000 Hong Kong/Taiwan TV series 天地传说之鱼美人 (The Beauty Mermaid; Douban Rating: 7.5).



Freya Lim (born 20 November 1979, also known as Freya Lin, is a Malaysian Mandopop singer and radio deejay based in Taiwan. She is a Taiwanese PR. Her father is a Chinese Malaysian and her mother is a Taiwanese.

In 1999, Lim's singing talent was discovered by Taiwan well-known music producer 林明阳 (Benjamin Lin). She was singing acclaimed Mandopop singer 林忆莲's (Sandy Lam) 夜太黑 (Night's Too Dark) at a ktv* with her friends when Benjamin Lin chanced upon her voice, and she was signed on to What's Music International Incorporated.

In 2000, Lim released her debut music album titled 林凡freya同名专辑 (Freya). The first single from the album was a new rendition of Sandy Lam's classic hit Night's Too Dark. Other singles from the album include 什么都可以忘记 (Anything Can Be Forgotten) and 再见西雅图 (Goodbye Seattle). However, Living Alone was the more popular song from Freya, as it was also the ending theme song of TV series The Beauty Mermaid. The album Freya achieved an astounding sales record of 120,000 copies in Taiwan, and occupied Taiwan music charts for more than six months.

Lim was nominated Best New Artist in 2001 Golden Melody Awards with her debut album, Freya, and won Best Newcomer (Bronze) in 2001 Singapore Hit Awards with the same album.

In 2002, Lim graduated from University of Washington Seattle majoring in Psychology. After the release of her third album 非愛不可。心林凡 (Freya's Love Songs) in 2007, Lim went to Boston University to pursue a master's degree in Applied Communication.

She was involved in the musical play 爱情里程 (Love Mileage) which was staged at Taiwan Huashan Arts Centre between 10 and 13 September 2009.

On top of being an actress and singer, she is also working as a Radio DJ in Broadcasting Corporation of China.

Lim held her first ticketed solo concert at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) on 18 August 2012.
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Cantonese cover of the previous song.


感应 (My Feelings) by Singaporean singer 泳儿 (Vincy Chan).






Lyrics by 游思行.

Song was from Chan's 2006 debut album.

Note that Chan is a Hong Kong PR.
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Today is the birthday of this Taiwanese actor and singer.

Posting this song of his as it has the most views on YouTube.


这不是我 (That's Not Me) by 炎亚纶 (Aaron Yan).






Lyrics by 陈信延. Melody by 郑楠 (Zheng Nan). Song is from Yan's 2014 EP, Drama. It is also the ending theme song of the 2014 Taiwanese TV series, 爱上两个我 (Fall in Love With Me).



Aaron Yan (born on 20 November 1985) is a Taiwanese actor and singer. He was also one of the members of Taiwanese boy band 飞轮海 (Fahrenheit).

Yan was born as 吳庚霖 (Wu Keng-lin) in Taipei, Taiwan. When he was very young, he and his family moved to Connecticut, United States, where he lived for five years, and then moved back to Taiwan. In 2004, Yan posted some of his pictures on a public blog and was scouted by Taiwanese management company, Comic Productions. In August 2004, he made his acting debut in the Taiwanese drama, 安室爱美惠 (I Love My Wife; Douban rating: 8.5). In 2005, after signing with Comic Productions and HIM International Music, Yan starred in the 2005 Taiwanese dramas, 恶作剧之吻 (It Started with a Kiss; Douban rating: 8.9) and 终极一班 (KO One).

In December 2005, he formed a boy band named Fahrenheit with three other Taiwanese artists: 吳尊 (Wu Chun), 汪东城 (Jiro Wang), and 辰亦儒 (Calvin Chen). In September 2006, Fahrenheit released their eponymous debut studio album, Fahrenheit, and they won a Hito Music Award for Best Boy Band.

Yan once stated that Wu is the only ex-Fahrenheit member he is still in contact with. He does not consider the other two members as friends.

In 2007, Yan reprised his roles in the sequels 终极一家 (The X-Family) and 恶作剧2吻 (They Kiss Again). In November 2008, Yan played his first leading role in Taiwanese suspense drama, 霹雳MIT (Mysterious Incredible Terminator). He also starred in 爱似百汇 (Love Buffet) and 死神少女 (Gloomy Salad Days).

In March 2011, Yan released his debut extended play, 下一个炎亚纶 (The Next Me). The EP spent 5 weeks at the number 1 spot on the G-Music chart.

In May 2012, Yan starred in Taiwanese musical drama, 给爱丽丝的奇迹 (Alice in Wonder City). In October 2012, he released his debut studio album, 纪念日 (The Moment).

In June 2013, Yan starred in Taiwanese romantic comedy drama, 就是要你爱上我 (Just You). The drama topped ratings in its timeslot during its run.

In February 2014, Yan starred in Taiwanese metropolitan romance drama Fall in Love with Me. Yan won the Asia Star Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards. In May 2014, he released his second extended play, Drama. In June 2014, he released his third extended play, Cut.

In March 2015, Yan debuted in Japan with the single titled, "Moisturizing". The single debuted within the top ten spots on the Oricon Singles Chart. In September 2015, he released his second Japanese single, "Gelato".

In March 2016, Yan starred in Taiwanese workplace romance drama, 后菜鸟的灿烂时代 (Refresh Man). The drama was a massive hit both domestically as well as across Asia, boosting Yan's popularity to a new high. In June 2016, Yan released his third Japanese single "Monochrome Dandy". The single peaked at number 8 on the Oricon Singles Chart.

In 2017, Yan was cast in the Chinese romance drama, 一路繁花相送 (Memories of Love).

In 2018, Yan released his second Mandarin extended play 最想去的地方 (Where I Belong). The same year Yan released his third extended play 亲爱的怪物 (Dear Monster).

In 2019, Yan starred as the male lead in the Chinese period suspense drama 请赐我一双翅膀 (Please Give Me a Pair of Wings). The same year, he co-starred in the Chinese romance comedy drama 亲·爱的味道 (Kiss Love, and Taste).

On 7 May 2020, Yan launched his Taiwan mazesoba brand, Yan's Collection.

Much more information on Yan here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Yan and here: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-sg/%E7%82%8E...E%E7%B6%B8
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Today is the birthday of this singer.


遍体鳞伤 (Hurt All Over The Body) by 古皓 (Gu Hao).






Lyrics by 黄一雄. Melody by 许卿耀. Song was released in 1994 and is from his debut album of the same name. This song might have been an ending theme song for one of Singapore's drama series but I cannot remember which one. Do let me know if you do.



Gu was born on 21 November 1970 in Huiyang, Guangdong.

Not much information on Gu except that he debuted in 1994 with the album 遍体鳞伤 (Hurt All Over The Body). Acted in the musical 西哈诺 the same year. In 1995, he acted in 蜘蛛女之吻.

From 1996 to 1998, he was in the army. After his army stint, he started singing in pubs and was also a voice actor. Nowadays, he is working in music production. He had also released several gospel albums.
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There is no official MV on YouTube for the previous song. Here's an unofficial MV for the previous song. Uploaded in June this year. The scenes are not really related to the lyrics but it's kind of nostalgic.


遍体鳞伤 (Hurt All Over The Body) by 古皓 (Gu Hao).



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Today is the birthday of this Taiwanese singer.


玫瑰人生 (Rosy Life) by 许景淳 (Christine Hsu).






Lyrics by 慎芝 (Shen Zhi). Melody by 张弘毅 (Chang Hung-Yi). Song was released in 1987 and is collected in Hsu's eponymously named album "许景淳". It is also the theme song of the 1987 Taiwanese TV series 玫瑰人生.



Hsu (born 21 November 1963) is a Taiwanese singer, TV producer and TV host. She is a student of musician, singer, songwriter 李泰祥 (Lee Tai Hsiang) (other students of his that I knew of are 齐豫 (Chyi Yu), 齐秦 (Chyi Chin), 辛晓琪 (Winnie Hsin) and 叶蒨文 (Sally Yeh)) in terms of singing. Hsu is also the first pop singer to sing at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Hsu had won 20 awards all over the world for her singing. She once held the record for winning a total 10 Best Album awards from the Golden Melody Awards and Golden Tripod Awards. She had also won awards for her film scores from San Diego Film Festival and Festival des 3 Continents.

She was popular and had sang in many parts of the world including at the Lincoln Center. She was also popular in Japan so much so that Polygram Japan released her Mandarin album in Japan and invited her to tour in Japan.
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Today is the birthday of Ville Valo.


Join Me In Death by Finnish gothic rock band HIM.






"Join Me in Death" is a 1999 single (single was released before the album) by the Finnish band HIM, taken from their second studio album Razorblade Romance. It was also released as "Join Me", since they were not allowed to include "Death" in the title for the US version. It was featured in the end credits of the European version of the sci-fi movie The Thirteenth Floor (quite a nice film) (The US version featured The Cardigans' "Erase/Rewind" instead). It is the Eighth-best-selling single of all time in Finland.

Song was written by frontman Ville Valo.

The song has been met with controversy regarding its subject matter. "A couple of people blamed me for a suicide someone committed over here saying that 'Join Me' is an invitation to kill yourself," HIM frontman Ville Valo told the European magazine Metal Hammer in 2003. "What I was trying to do was sort of rip-off 'Don't Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult, making a rock track of Romeo And Juliet." Lyrics such as "Would you die tonight for love?" have contributed to the misconception that the song is about suicide, which Valo denies, claiming the lyrics refer to giving things up for the sake of love. "It's not about suicide, that song. It's about giving it all away," Valo told the magazine Modern Fix.



HIM (sometimes stylized as H.I.M.) was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström. After being rejoined by Mige, as well as new additions keyboardist Antto Melasniemi and drummer Juhana "Pätkä" Rantala, the band, now called HIM, released their debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 in 1997.

In 2000, now with drummer Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen and keyboardist Juska Salminen, the band released the album Razorblade Romance, which reached the number one spot in Finland, Austria and Germany. Their first single, "Join Me in Death", also charted at number one in Finland and Germany, eventually going platinum and gold respectively. Following the addition of Janne "Burton" Puurtinen on keyboards, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Both cracked the top ten in several countries, and allowed the band to tour the United Kingdom and the United States for the first time.

In 2005, HIM released Dark Light, which became the group's most commercially successful album to date, charting in fifteen countries. With Dark Light, HIM also became the first Finnish group to receive a gold record in the US. In 2007, HIM released Venus Doom, the making of which was marred by problems in Valo's personal life. Despite this, the album gave the band their highest chart position in the US at number twelve. After 2010's Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, HIM went on hiatus as drummer Gas Lipstick took medical leave.

Following several months of uncertainty, the band regrouped and eventually released the album Tears on Tape in 2013. In 2015, Gas Lipstick announced his departure from the band to pursue other musical projects, and was subsequently replaced by Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger. On 5 March 2017, HIM announced that the band would be disbanding following a farewell tour in 2017. The band played their final show on New Year's Eve 2017 as a part of their annual Helldone Festival.

HIM is one of the most commercially successful Finnish bands of all time, with sales of over ten million records. The band have released eight studio albums, five compilations, three video releases, and two box sets, along with one live and one remix album. HIM has also received numerous accolades, including eight Emma Awards.



Ville Hermanni Valo (born 22 November 1976) is a Finnish singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the gothic rock band HIM.

Valo was born in Helsinki, Finland. His mother Anita is from Hungary, and she worked at a shoe shop and later for the city of Helsinki. Ville's father Kari worked as a taxi driver, until he left his job and opened a s.ex shop in Helsinki called Aikuisten lelukauppa, where Ville sometimes worked as a teenager.

Valo was first introduced to music through his father, who would often listen to a variety Finnish folk artists. At the age of eight, Valo bought the album Animalize by Kiss, which sparked his interest in music.

After second grade, Valo was accepted to music class, where he took up playing the bass guitar, inspired by Gene Simmons. It was during this time that he met fellow bassist and future bandmate Mikko "Mige" Paananen. While still in school, Valo formed his first band called B.L.O.O.D., which played its first and only show in front of the music class.

Around the age of ten, Valo joined the Eloveena Boys, for which he wrote his first song. In seventh grade, Valo met guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström and the two began playing together in Aurora, with Valo on the drums. During his time in Aurora, Valo also played bass and drums in various other bands and attended the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. He also applied to the Sibelius Upper Secondary School of music and dance, but was rejected, and eventually dropped out of school altogether to concentrate on his music. From 1992 to 1993, Valo played bass in the Donits-Osmo Experience. Valo was permitted not to perform Finland's national military service, due to his asthma.

In 1991, he formed HIM, which would go on to become one of the most successful Finnish bands of all time, and the first to receive a gold record in the United States. He performed as the band's lead singer and chief songwriter from their inception until their dissolution in 2017. Known for his deep, crooning bass-baritone voice, Valo is also credited as the creator of the heartagram, the band's trademarked symbol which has achieved great popularity outside of the band's fanbase.

Outside of HIM, Valo has collaborated with various other bands and artist during his career, including Agents, The 69 Eyes and Apocalyptica. He's also made brief appearances in TV and film. Valo has been regarded as a s.ex symbol and has received several accolades in the music industry. In 2014, he was found to possess the eighth-highest vocal range of any known singer in popular music by VVN Music.

Much more information on Valo here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ville_Valo
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Today is the birthday of this Hong Kong-based Canadian singer.


错过 (Google translation: Miss) by 蔡卓妍 (Charlene Choi).






Lyrics by C君 (Stephen Cheng). Melody by 徐浩 (Terry Chui).

Song is from Choi's eighth and last solo studio album Blooming (2013).



Charlene Choi (born 22 November 1982) is a Hong Kong-Canadian actress and singer. She is a member of Cantopop group Twins, along with 钟欣潼 (Gillian Chung).

Choi was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She moved with her family to Hong Kong a few years later. She is fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.

After graduating from Rosaryhill School, where many other would-be pop stars had attended, she started working full-time as a model in Hong Kong. She was scouted by Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), and was then linked with Gillian Chung to form the Cantopop group Twins.

Choi's first solo song, 下一站…天后 (Diva, Ah Hey!), was released in Twins' 2003 album Touch of Love. The song received a nomination for Best Song at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards and won a place in the Top 10 Songs at the Jade Solid Gold Songs Awards Ceremony.

Choi's second solo song, 一个人看电影 (Watching Movie Alone), was released in Twins' 2006 Mandarin album 八十块环游世界 (Around the World with 80 Dollars).

Choi's third solo song, 你不是好情人 (You are Not a Good Lover), was released in Twins' 2006 Cantonese album Ho Hoo Tan. This was Choi's first recorded personal composition and Twins' recorded version earned the place of Hit Song at the Metro Showbiz Hit Awards and one of the Top 10 Songs at the Jade Solid Gold Songs Awards Ceremony.

Choi's remaining two solo songs, 妹妹 (Little Sister) and 60分 (60 Percent) were released in their 2008 Mandarin album 桐话妍语 (Tong Hua Yan Yu). Both solo songs were extremely personal, Little Sister, in particular, recounts Choi's relationship with her mother throughout the years despite her parents' divorce at a young age and won Choi several music awards at the Metro Showbiz Hit Awards and TVB8 Music Awards.

Choi's first solo single was released in 2008 with the award-winning Make a Wish, which sold 5000 copies within a span of 30 minutes with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Meanwhile, her two hit songs, Little Sister and Make a Wish ranked first in music charts and remained in the top 10 for four music charts over 11 weeks. With Twins placed on hiatus due to the 陈冠希 (Edison Chen) photo scandal, Choi went on to be awarded with a variety of solo singer awards in 2008: Favorite Idol and Most Voted Singer at the Metro Showbiz Hit Awards, Most Popular Female Singer at the Vanguard Music Awards and Most Popular Hong Kong Female Artist at the Sprite Music Awards.

Towards the end of 2008, Choi further expanded her career, entering new fields of the entertainment industry. As an entertainer, not only is she an actress and singer, but she is now a theater star. In the musical, 骑士星光 (Knight Star), she stars as the female lead. The musical served as a promotional event for the Chivas company to expand in China with their "Live with Chivalry" campaign.

Choi's first musical collaboration as a solo singer with another artist was the duet 小酒窝 (Little Dimples), released in late September 2008, which she performed with 林俊杰 (JJ Lin). The song received six awards in the remaining three months of 2008.

Choi released her debut solo album 二缺一 (Two Without One) on 9 April 2009. In less than one week, the album sold 10,000 copies in Hong Kong and has been certified "Gold" in Hong Kong. In less than a month, the album sold a total of 30,000 copies in Hong Kong and was certified "Platinum". Due to high sales and demand, a second version of the album is slated to be released on 6 May as a limited edition with 5,000 copies available.

Following the success of Two Without One, Choi released her next EP, titled Another Me, on 15 October 2009. Consisting of five tracks and three music videos, the overall theme of the EP is an evolving process as an individual. The release of Another Me marked new territory for Choi with a black-and-white cover and a largescale photo exhibition open to the public. As with Two Without One, Another Me was also certified "Platinum", selling nearly 60,000 copies in Hong Kong, in addition to high sales in Asia and overseas. Choi's success as a solo female singer in 2009 was best displayed at the 2009 IFPI HK Top Sales Music Awards, where she was awarded "Top 10 Best Selling Hong Kong Singers of 2009". In addition, Two Without One and Another Me were each awarded "Top 10 Best Selling Cantonese Albums of 2009."

Following her success in 2009 as a solo singer, Choi released her debut Mandarin album As A Sa in 2010. With more than HK$1 million spent on producing the album, As A Sa was released across China on 15 June. Consequently, Choi launched her country-wide promotional tour with a multitude of mini-concerts, autograph sessions, performances, recorded television programs, national radio interviews, and talk shows.

In 2011, she released 年年 as a Valentine's Day song. The song was released in her second Cantonese EP "Sweetest Day". The song topped various HK charts and is the first song to top the charts of four different radio stations. The song won her numerous awards. In the middle of the year, Choi decided to work as Twins to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twins.

Aside from her musical career, Choi has become a successful actress in the Hong Kong film industry.

Choi's first acting gig was a starring role in the 2000 television drama 青春@Y2K (Youth Y2K). Then, Choi made her first film debut in 2001 in 常在我心 (Funeral March) (filmed prior to Twins' debut) (Levin's note: her first film role is actually as a student with no dialogue and no name in the 2000 film 自从他来了 (What Is A Good Teacher?)), which drew rave reviews from critics and earned her a Best New Performer nomination at the 21st Hong Kong Film Awards.

Choi's next big acting break was in 2003 with her earnest and pretence-free portrayal of a young girl* who battles through all odds in hopes of becoming a singer in 下一站…天后 (Diva – Ah Hey).

Her breakthrough role in the Pang brothers' psychological thriller 妄想 (Diary) (2006) earned her many film award nominations and she received the Best Actress award at the 11th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan Korean Movie Award).

Choi also portrayed a kind and comedic [email protected] star in the comedy film 戏王之王 (Simply Actors) (2007). Choi's acting was once again commended by many film critics with her portrayal of 单丹 (Dani Dan) in the film. Months later, she won the Best Actress and Favourite Actress awards at the 2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards for her performance in Simply Actors. She was also nominated for Best Actress at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards for this role.

Choi also played the leading role alongside the Taiwanese singer 周杰伦 Jay Chou in 2008 comedian-action film 功夫灌篮 (Kung Fu Dunk).

Choi co-starred with 吴尊 (Wu Chun) and 胡歌 (Hu Ge) in 武侠梁祝 (The Butterfly Lovers), based on the Chinese legend of the same name, which was released on 9 October 2008. Throughout the filming, rumors of an off-set romance between Choi and Wu Chun developed. Though they have denied such rumors, Wu stated that the pair reached an agreement with director 马楚成 (Jingle Ma) to collaborate once again in the future.

In December 2008, she began filming her first Taiwanese television drama, 呼叫大明星 (Calling For Love), produced by 柴智屏 (Angie Chai), co-starring with 贺军翔 (Mike He). The series was first aired in May 2010.

Finally in December 2009 after over a year of post-production, positive response at the Shanghai International Film Festival, 风云II (The Storm Warriors) was released with Choi taking on the main female lead role as 第二梦 (Second Dream) and starring alongside 郭富城 (Aaron Kwok), 郑伊健 (Ekin Cheng), 任达华) (Simon Yam) and 谢霆锋 (Nicholas Tse). Though it was only released on 10 December, The Storm Warriors ranked fifth in the Hong Kong Chinese-language box office of the year.

She continued to act in numerous films in the 2010s. In 2015, she was nominated for Best Actress for the second time for her role in the 2015 Hong Kong category III film 雏妓 (SARA) at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards. She was nominated for Best Actress again in the 2018 Hong Kong film 非分熟女 (The Lady Improper) at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards.
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Today was the birthday of this German composer and performer.


Harpsichord Concerto in D, Fk. 41 by Pavao Mašić (harpsichord) and Varaždin Chamber Orchestra. Composed by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.






Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (22 November 1710 – 1 July 1784), the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was a German composer and performer. Despite his acknowledged genius as an organist, improviser and composer, his income and employment were unstable and he died in poverty.

Wilhelm Friedemann (hereafter Friedemann) was born in Weimar, where his father was employed as organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar. In July 1720, when Friedemann was nine, his mother Maria Barbara Bach died suddenly; Johann Sebastian Bach remarried in December 1721. J. S. Bach supervised Friedemann's musical education and career with great attention. At the age of 16 he went to Merseburg to learn the violin with his teacher Johann Gottlieb Graun.

In addition to his musical training, Friedemann received formal schooling beginning in Weimar. When J.S. Bach took the post of Cantor of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig (in 1723), he enrolled Friedemann in the associated Thomasschule. (J.S. Bach—who had himself been orphaned at the age of 10—said that he took the position in Leipzig partly because of the educational opportunities it afforded his children). On graduating in 1729, Friedemann enrolled as a law student in Leipzig University, a renowned institution at the time, but later moved on to study law and mathematics at the University of Halle. He maintained a lifelong interest in mathematics, and continued to study it privately during his first job in Dresden.

Friedemann was appointed in 1733 to the position of organist of the St. Sophia's Church at Dresden. In competing for the post he played a new version of his father's Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541.

In 1746 Friedemann became organist of the Liebfrauenkirche at Halle. In 1751, Friedemann married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1721–1791), who was 11 years his junior and who outlived him by seven years. Dorothea was the daughter of a tax collector. The landed estates she inherited caused the family to be placed in a high tax bracket by Halle authorities, who were raising taxes to meet the revenue demands of the Seven Years' War. To raise cash for these payments, she sold part of her property in 1770. The couple produced two sons and a daughter, Friederica Sophia (born in 1757), who was the only one of their offspring to live past infancy. The descendants of Friederica Sophia eventually migrated to Oklahoma.

Friedemann was deeply unhappy in Halle almost from the beginning of his tenure. In 1749 he was involved in a conflict with the Cantor of the Liebfrauenkirche, Gottfried Mittag, who had misappropriated funds that were due to Friedemann. In 1750 the church authorities reprimanded Friedemann for overstaying a leave of absence (he was in Leipzig settling his father's estate). In 1753 he made his first documented attempt to find another post, and thereafter made several others. All these attempts failed.

In 1762, he negotiated for the post of Kapellmeister to the court of Darmstadt; although he protracted the negotiations for reasons that are opaque to historians and did not actively take the post, he nevertheless was appointed Hofkapellmeister of Hessen-Darmstadt, a title he used in the dedication of his Harpsichord Concerto in E minor.

In June 1764, Friedemann left the job in Halle without any employment secured elsewhere. His financial situation deteriorated so much that in 1768 he re-applied for his old job in Halle, without success. He thereafter supported himself by teaching. After leaving Halle in 1770, he lived for several years (1771–1774) in Braunschweig where he applied in vain for the post of an organist at the St. Catherine's church. Then he moved to Berlin, where he initially was welcomed by the princess Anna Amalia (the sister of Frederick the Great). Later, no longer in favor at court, he gave harpsichord lessons to Sarah Itzig Levy, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family in Berlin and an avid collector of Bach and other early 18th century music, who was also a "patron" of Friedemann's brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Friedemann died in Berlin.

Earlier biographers have concluded that his "wayward" and difficult personality reduced his ability to gain and hold secure employment, but the scholar David Schulenberg writes that "he may also have been affected by changing social conditions that made it difficult for a self-possessed virtuoso to succeed in a church- or court-related position". Schulenberg adds, "he was evidently less willing than most younger contemporaries to compose fashionable, readily accessible music".

Friedemann Bach was renowned for his improvisatory skills. It is speculated that when in Leipzig his father's accomplishments set so high a bar that he focused on improvisation rather than composition. Evidence adduced for this speculation includes the fact that his compositional output increased in Dresden and Halle.

Friedemann's compositions include many church cantatas and instrumental works, of which the most notable are the fugues, polonaises and fantasias for clavier, and the duets for two flutes. He incorporated more elements of the contrapuntal style learned from his father than any of his three composer brothers, but his use of the style has an individualistic and improvisatory edge which endeared his work to musicians of the late 19th century, when there was something of a revival of his reputation.

Friedemann's students included Johann Nikolaus Forkel, who in 1802 published the first biography of Johann Sebastian Bach; Friedemann, as well as his younger brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, were major informants for Forkel. Friedemann has in earlier biographies been called a poor custodian of his father's musical manuscripts, many of which he inherited; however, more recent scholars are uncertain how many were lost. It is known that Friedemann sold some of his father's collection to raise cash to pay debts (including a large sale in 1759 to Johann Georg Nacke). Also, his daughter took some of the Sebastian Bach manuscripts with her when she moved to America, and these were passed on to her descendants, who inadvertently destroyed many of them. Others were passed on through his only known Berlin pupil, Sarah Itzig Levy, great-aunt of Felix Mendelssohn. Some of his scores were collected by Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch and his pupil Carl Friedrich Zelter, the teacher of Felix Mendelssohn and through them these materials were placed in the library of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, which Fasch founded in 1791 and of which Zelter took charge in 1800.

Friedemann is known occasionally to have claimed credit for music written by his father, but this was in keeping with common musical practices in the era.
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