Compare and Contrast: Johann Sebastian Bach and Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Johann Sebastian Bach and Sergei Rachmaninoff are considered two of history’s greatest classical music composers. While some similarities between Bach and Rachmaninoff are evident, the differences are pronounced. Bach is considered to be one of the greatest composers of the baroque era. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Probably the greatest similarities they have in common are their great love and passion for music, and their desire to share it with the world. Even though Bach and Rachmaninoff came from completely different centuries and places in the world, they both shared a common goal, and that was …show more content…
Both Bach and Rachmaninoff lost their parents at young ages, but in different ways. Similarly, they were both sent away at young ages to study music. This in part might have been a contributing factor to Rachmaninoff’s later depression in his life. They both were young, and on their own, with no one to really love them.
Bach was instructed in his studies of the harpsichord and violin from a very young age. He was a promising young musician, and was sent to study with various teachers. One of Bach’s first positions as a musician was as a church organist at St. Blasius’s Church in Mühlhausen. Later, he became a court musician, and performed for the royal families of Germany. Bach’s first introduction to music came from his exposure to the music of the church. This would forever be his main focus all his life. And that was composing church cantatas. Similarly, Rachmaninoff was first introduced to music by attending various churches in Moscow. It was from this exposure to church music that inspired his life work of composing. When Rachmaninoff was ten, he won a scholarship to the music conservatory of St. Petersburg. There, he studied piano with the highly esteemed teacher Nikolai Zverev. At age sixteen, Rachmaninoff was sent by his teacher to attend The Moscow conservatory. It was

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