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Johann Sebastian Bach

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Eisenach, Germany (1685 – 1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685, Eisenach, Germany – 28 July 1750, Leipzig, Germany) was a virtuoso organist, violinist, violist, harpsichordist and is today better known as a world renowned composer from the Baroque period of Western Classical Music. Admired by countless composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, Bach is described as one of the founding fathers of Classical Music. His sacred & secular music, organ and choral works, and other instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach’s use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style still amaze musicians today.

Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685. He was taught to play the violin and harpsichord by his father, Johann Ambrosius, a court trumpeter in the service of the Duke of Eisenach. Young Johann was not yet ten when his father died, leaving him orphaned. He was taken in by his recently married oldest brother, Johann Christoph, who lived in Ohrdruf. Because of his excellent singing voice, Bach attained a position at the Michaelis monastery at Lüneberg in 1700. His voice changed a short while later, but he stayed on as an instrumentalist. After taking a short-lived post in Weimar in 1703 as a violinist, Bach became organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt (1703-1707). His relationship with the church council was tenuous as the young musician often shirked his responsibilities, preferring to practice the organ.

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  • alphaknave

    -~BWV 1080~-

    26 Nov 1:53am Reply
  • x9d

    bach was a true nigga

    17 Nov 6:15pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    come to zimbabwe

    17 Nov 3:03am Reply
  • Seavas

    lmao trying to have a relevant opinion on music while calling mozart "mostly a hack"

    10 Nov 8:08am Reply
  • rhayader18

    What the fugue

    9 Nov 8:33pm Reply
  • Haihappen_Uhaha

    Goldberg > everything

    9 Nov 1:19am Reply
  • JohnChurchill

    BWV 1042

    6 Nov 10:29pm Reply
  • mr1ND1A

    BWV 1002

    27 Oct 11:06am Reply
  • splimp

    I like this guy

    23 Oct 1:41pm Reply
  • InfernalDemon

    бах! бах!

    15 Oct 4:19pm Reply
  • LastOneStand

    I'll be bach

    11 Oct 9:46am Reply
  • Transzedentale

    Кам ту Бразил, что ли

    2 Oct 6:35pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    You say "ugly" like it's a bad thing, but looking at your charts, you like some ugly music as well so perhaps not. I'm not a metalhead, but I definitely enjoy metal, I think Bach's music is slightly more brooding and driving at times compared to Mozart whose music seems more airy/relaxing to me. I think it's quite common for rock/metal fans to prefer Bach.

    25 Sep 2:00pm Reply
  • I0000days

    Metalheads like Bach more than any other composer because his divine music is like remedy for the ugly music they listen to. And you like him more than Mozart because Mozart was mostly a hack; not saying he was completely irrelevant though (like Beethoven), his piano and choral works are always refreshing and kinda sweet.

    23 Sep 10:16am Reply
  • nathix13

    he was underrated in his time, this is reliefing cause underrated things sooner or later need to get their ratings just right!

    6 Sep 4:14pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Because he is better.

    30 Aug 9:03pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    I can't really put my finger on it, and this is coming from someone who's predominantly a metalhead, but I find myself drawn more to Bach than Mozart.

    22 Aug 6:16pm Reply
  • shangoyal

    Bach's music is the ocean into which all your worries will dissolve.

    21 Aug 6:41pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    great guy

    12 Aug 8:24pm Reply
  • CosmicPi

    The Grand Master

    10 Aug 1:41am Reply
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