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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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  • Izhorian

    Brandenburg concerto <3

    Yesterday 4:29pm Reply
  • Qanea

    I do not care about his personal life. Everyone makes mistakes. All I care about is his Art. Bach is one of the greatest musicians ever. Some people might not appreciate his art due to lack of knowledge about art and music. Art is subjective but it doesn't mean there is no good or bad. I might not be a big fan of him or classical music but Bach is simply good and you can not disprove it.

    22 May 3:44pm Reply
  • GraveOzz

    ↓↓ I agree. The closest thing to heaven on earth is Chopin.

    21 May 11:01pm Reply
  • Aartmusic

    will there ever be a proper way to tag the music of classical composers right?

    18 May 9:10pm Reply
  • I0000days

    Heaven? c'mon. More like the mansion of a rich German aristocrat that impregnated four women with no less than twelve overweight children and ate wursts and ham all day long. God had chosen a weird guy to channel his music through. Sure, it kinda shits hard all over any human composition, but let us not take it too far.

    10 May 6:08pm Reply
  • I0000days

    Where's the like button for shouts?

    10 May 5:54pm Reply
  • cock_scientist

    LOOK AT THAT DOUBLE CHIN WHAT A GLUTTON WHAT A DOOFUS!!!!

    10 May 4:16am Reply
  • cock_scientist

    BACH BACH BAH BACH WHAT A FAT FUCKING QUEER!!!

    10 May 4:15am Reply
  • Ichigottta

    6 May 4:11am Reply
  • samymalfoy

    Bach is the closest thing to heaven here on earth  [2

    5 May 2:32pm Reply
  • Ichigottta

    come to brazil

    28 Apr 1:42am Reply
  • neezinu

    Bach is the closest thing to heaven here on earth 

    7 Apr 6:27am Reply
  • MatamesiQuieres

    Air is a masterpiece.

    5 Apr 7:14pm Reply
  • CousinEarl

    Come to Brazil

    3 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    1 Apr 6:45pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Happy Birthday, Maestro.

    31 Mar 12:06pm Reply
  • Mechno

    Ah! Bach.

    25 Mar 11:58am Reply
  • hydra_fm

    с днём рождения

    20 Mar 10:10pm Reply
  • SuperMomi

    come to brasil

    16 Mar 2:26am Reply
  • Vorfelder66

    in the end it all goes back to bach

    14 Mar 10:00am Reply
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