Essay about Johann Sebastian Bach 's Life

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She was born on 20 October 1684 at Gehren, where her father, Johann Michael Bach, was employed as organist. It is presumed that she and Bach were living within the same residence, when she came to live with her uncle after her mother’s passing in October 1704.
Needless to say, Johann Sebastian did not exactly live the life of a saint during his Arnstadt term. He eventually searched elsewhere until an opportunity arose at Mühlhausen.
Johann Georg Ahle, organist of the Blasiuskirche in Mühlhausen, died on 2 December 1706. The city wanted to revive its depleting music life. On Easter Sunday 1707, Johann Sebastian Bach gave a test performance as organist, and he obtained the reputable position as organist in June of the same year. This year proved to be a favorable one because a small inheritance from his uncle, Tobias Lämmerhirt, made it possible for him to get married to his beloved second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. On 17 October 1707, Sebastian and Barbara were wed in the church of Dornheim.
In Mühlhausen, Bach developed an interest in composing vocal church music, possibly originating from the influence of Buxtehude 's Abendmusiken. Also, the Blasiuskirche had a stronger vocal tradition and provided a more favorable setting for vocal music than the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt. Maria Barbara too played a role in her husband 's shift of interest because she was the daughter of a profound composer of vocal works. One of Sebastian’s Mühlhausen cantatas, the Ratswechsel ("city…

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