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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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  • Jasieg

    come to brazil

    28 Jan 7:18am Reply
  • Dekaholis

    прет. ^_^

    24 Jan 11:41am Reply
  • Skog-1

    He is so sexy!

    21 Jan 5:26pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    "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." Stopped taking your post seriously when you referred to Mozart as mostly a hack.

    16 Jan 5:21pm Reply
  • Dreamtronic

    Bach must be Illuminati

    16 Jan 7:20am Reply
  • sigridwallinahl

    Is it true that all of Bach's music was composed in the 19th century and all of the scores left behind are clever fakes? I don't understand why someone would do this but I was presented with some pretty convincing evidence that made me think... Just google johann sebastian bach fake scores. Kinda scary... For example, check out "Temporal Insanity" by Cypress Hill. This was released in 1997! Or "Lady Lynda" by The Beach Boys... Weird!

    13 Jan 2:12pm Reply
  • Dreamtronic

    Babo

    12 Jan 11:10pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Super great.

    11 Jan 4:04pm Reply
  • Prismatiq

    Those partitas for violin are to die for..

    4 Jan 1:16pm Reply
  • byronever

    out of this world!!!!!!!!!Salud!!!!!

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Seahorsecat

    I saw him live once in 1737, what a performance! You kids go and learn! :D Anyways, he is one of the greatest composers forever!

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • judasalves

    Please come to Brazil.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    Because he is better. [2]

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RurikCastile

    I'd be mighty delighted if you made your arrival to the Federative Republic of Brazil

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    "not saying he was completely irrelevant though (like Beethoven)," lol that brightened my day.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Mattcore06

    This guy sign my ass when I was young. He's awesome!

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DonLeoncius

    Please come to Brazil

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wisbech

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

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • alphaknave

    -~BWV 1080~-

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • GackTMN

    come to zimbabwe

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
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