Comparison Between Bach And Beethoven

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Bach’s stay in Weimar was characterized by his keyboard and orchestral works. He learned to write dramatic openings and employ the dynamic motor rhythms and harmonic schemes found in the music of the Italians. This is a direct influence to the progressive type of music that Beethoven is so well known for. Though his stay in Weimar was influential, it was also short lived. In 1717 he moved to secure a job at Cothen. After the move, it didn’t take long for Bach’s life to be changed forever. In 1720 Johann Sebastian Bach’s wife expectantly died, leaving him with four children, three others having died in infancy. It didn’t take long for Bach to find love following the death of his first wife. In December 1721 he married Soprano Vocalist Magdalena …show more content…
As mentioned earlier within the essay, the composer had an operation done on his eyes. This resulted in the loss of his sight. Bach still composed after losing his sight, looking to his pupils to help him with his dictation. This is something that I can directly relate to, giving that I have had hearing problem in the past. Not giving in to physical limitations is incredibly challenging, and is one of the main reasons why I respect both Bach and Beethoven specifically. Even though both of them experienced periods of time without some of their basic senses. This shows that music is a force that cannot be stopped. It cannot be contained by physical abilities, and will not be stopped due to a series of unfortunate events occurring to the musicians’ body. There are many things that influenced both Bach’s and Beethoven’s hearing and sight loss. Beethoven’s hearing loss is blamed by many people on his physically abusive …show more content…
The B minor mass by Johann Sebastian Bach is a full setting of the Latin mass. This work was actually one of Bach’s last works. It wasn’t completed until 1749, a year before he died. Bach actually never got to see the B minor mass in its entirety. It was very interesting for Bach to be composing a piece of music for the Latin mass when he was a follower of the Lutheran denomination of Christianity. There was also no title to this mass. Bach did this on purpose. In fact he named the different sections of the piece. The title of the first section was “Missa” the title of the second section was “Symbolum Nicium” and the third section was named “Sanctus”. The fourth part of the mass included Osanna, Benedictictus, Agnus dei, and Dona Nobis Pacem, a song used throughout the world in high school and middle school level choirs

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