Johann Sebastian Bach: A Brief Biography

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 31, 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany and died on July 28, 1750 in Leipzig, Germany. Although he only lived 65 years, he has left a legacy as one of the most impactful and greatest composers of all time.

Bach is from the Baroque era of music.(1600-1760) During the Baroque era, people had a lot of children. Bach had lots of siblings, 8 to be exact. When he became an orphan at the age of 10, his brother, Johann Christoph, took him in for the next 5 years. Bach had an amazing soprano voice, which got him into a school in Luneburg. There he sang as well as played the violin, organ, and harpsichord.
In 1703, he got his first real job as a violinist for the Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar. He also occasionally, substituted for the organist. Next, Bach got a position, as an organist at the New Church in Arnstadt. He was responsible for teaching and playing the organ at services and special events.
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He was a very isolated man and preferred recordings over live performances. He was best known for his technique and Bach interpretations of pieces. He has recorded many of Bach’s works, including the “Goldberg Variations” which is the longest Bach keyboard work. The complete “Goldberg Variations” can be played between an hour to an hour and a half. His playing shows his amazing control and imagination like no one before him, especially in Bach’s Fugues. Even with a successful career, he has faced lots of criticism. One is his crazy, out of this world interpretations. Another is his posture; he sat at the piano incorrectly and hummed along with his playing. He sat on a bench that was about 14 inches high. This put him almost horizontal to the piano. In reality, your elbows should be perpendicular to the piano and you should be able to sit up straight. Fortunately, Gould recorded over 80 CBS recordings for the public to listen

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