Johann Sebastian Bach From The Baroque Era Of Music

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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.
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There he wrote some of his most popular works. These works include the “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and “Hertz und Mund und Tat” also known as Heart and Mouth and Deed. In 1717, Bach accepted a new position with Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cothen. The Duke Wilhelm Ernst didn 't want Bach to leave and so, he imprisoned him until early December of that year. In Cothen, Bach composed mainly instrumental music including concertos, sonatas and suites. Bach wrote the “Brandenburg concertos” in 1721. The Brandenburg concertos were a series of six concertos (BWV 1046-1051), written for the Duke of Brandenburg. Around this time, the Prince got married and his wife did not like music. At this time, Bach completed book 1 of “The Well Tempered Clavier”. These pieces were written to help his students learn techniques on the keyboard. These pieces are still used today to teach students. The pieces were created for an intermediate level student. In 1723, the Prince’s orchestra was dissolved. Bach then became the organist and teacher at St. Thomas Church. Bach composed the “Christmas Oratorio”, “Mass in B Minor” and “Passion According to St. Matthew” during this time. A Passion is a musical version of a part of the Bible. The “Passion According to St. Matthew” is based on chapter 26 and 27 of …show more content…
His legacy continued long after he died. Great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn admired Bach. Mendelssohn even was responsible for re-popularizing some of Bach’s works. From a musical standpoint, Bach was a storyteller, and was able to suggest things within his works. He was also able to pull in music from different cultures and styles of music at the time. He used counterpoint, emotions, variations, and repetition to draw people in and to gain listeners. Personally, I enjoy listening to Bach because of its emotional pull, and the multiple layers of sound that he incorporates in his compositions. The layers of his music create a full, complex and woven composition. The carrying of counterpoint between hands is ingenious and if done correctly, you can hear voices within each part. Playing this music correctly is a difficult skill to

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