Johann Sebastian Bach

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Before Bach passed away in the eighteenth century, the audiences thought his music was old fashioned. Many of the musicians also thought his music were old fashioned because all of the younger composers in Baroque period wrote better songs than Bach. However, Mendelssohn’s performance of Bach’s piece, Liszt’s arrangement and performance of Bach’s piece, Bach’s innovative musical techniques, and influence on Vivaldi’s Italian style soon spread throughout Europe and to the world. Therefore, Bach became well-known composer a little after the nineteenth century. Johann Sebastian Bach is a well-known German Baroque composer. Many musicians consider him as a great musician and respect his greatness as a composer. He was born in Eisenach, …show more content…
Bach was the youngest of eight children and fourth generation of his family to become a musician. Bach’s musical career began by receiving Violin lessons from his father. In addition to his Violin lessons, he also began to play the Harpsichord and sang in the church choir. Before Bach turned age 10, his mother passed away. Seven months later, Bach’s father remarried to Dame Barbara Margaretha Bartholomai. She was a widow of a priest of Arnstadt. There were eight children in Bach’s family, and it was necessary to have a wife for a support. However, Dame’s vigorous instinct later turned Bach family’s living. Her rules and the management responsibilities did not seem to work out her way. Eight months after Bach’s mother’s death, his father passed away . When Bach turned ten years old, Dame could not afford to support his living. Bach was sent to Ohrdruf, Germany to live with his older brother, Johann Christoph Bach, who was an organist at St. Michael’s church . Bach received lessons from his brother on the keyboard instrument. A few years after, Bach received a scholarship from St. Michael’s School in Luneburg because of his outstanding performance as a voice major. However, when his voice changed, he transferred back to …show more content…
When he was seven years old, he was baptized in the Christian faith. Mendelssohn’s grandfather, Moses Mendelssohn was the eighteenth century Jewish philosopher, but Felix Mendelssohn was not raised in that religion. Mendelssohn’s father wanted his children to be baptized into the Christian faith and change their name to Bartholdy. Mendelssohn’s father wanted to break Moses Mendelssohn’s Jewish tradition. However, Fanny, Mendelssohn’s sister wrote to their father that they did not like the name, Bartholdy. Mendelssohn and his family moved to Berlin, which was nice for Mendelssohn because he had received a piano lesson with Ludwig Berger and had composition with Karl Zelter. Additionally, as a child, he had a positive influence, as where most of his friends were intellectuals that were gifted in arts and cultural activities. It helped Mendelssohn to improve his talent in his music, art, and language. Mendelssohn was a traveler. He went to Paris with his sister, Fanny, to study more in his performance and compositional skills with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach. When Mendelssohn was seventeen years old, he composed a song “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was considered one of the most beautiful pieces to come out of the Romantic period. In 1829, Mendelssohn graduated from Berlin University and continued his musical

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