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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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  • 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
  • CypheroN

    "Bach's music is the only argument proving the creation of the Universe cannot be regarded as a complete failure" - E. M. Cioran

    17 Aug 11:01pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    great guy

    12 Aug 8:24pm Reply
  • CosmicPi

    The Grand Master

    10 Aug 1:41am Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Ну тупыыые.

    8 Aug 2:24pm Reply
  • vitek_peoel

    Судя по записям типа "still waiting for new album " либо прав Задорнов и запад в конец отупел, либо на западе присутствуют шутники уровня Петросяна

    7 Aug 1:18pm Reply
  • BachChoirPR

    We love Bach! That's why we're The Bach Choir. Every year on Passion Sunday we sing the St.Matthew Passion in English. When we went on tour to China recently we sang in the original German and it was very powerful to understand what we sang. If you want to come see us next Easter you're very welcome :) http://www.thebachchoir.org.uk/concerts/st-matthew-passion

    5 Aug 12:50pm Reply
  • DatGlitterBitch

    Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart need to get together and do a world tour srs

    24 Jul 5:21am Reply
  • I0000days

    Dumnezeu o arde baroc.

    23 Jul 6:40am Reply
  • dcascato

    I enjoyed so much the last show.

    20 Jul 8:55pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    V Nah.

    19 Jul 11:07am Reply
  • NastasyaBo

    @Luciana-chi people are the same all over the world)))

    12 Jul 4:52pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Greatest.

    12 Jul 1:24pm Reply
  • Luciana-chi

    Я думала, что только в России есть шутники на уровне Петросяна. Мда.

    25 Jun 7:07am Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    Andras Schiff plays the real Bach

    18 Jun 2:29am Reply
  • I0000days

    Forget Glenn Gould, his interpretations are popular only because he was a bit handsome. Andras Schiff plays the real Bach.

    16 Jun 3:32pm Reply
  • Tw1st3d5

    still waiting for new album

    14 Jun 9:28am Reply
  • Lidanya

    @chavosh_e ,good old days

    10 Jun 10:06pm Reply
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