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This Week in History: JS Bach

This Week in History: Johann Sebastian Bach

There have been many musical geniuses throughout history. They have blazed the trail and provided a framework for the evolution of music and musicians alike. One of the pioneers of music was Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was a composer active during the Baroque Era of Classical Music. Born on March 21st, 1685 in what is now Germany, Bach was recognized for his exceptional musical talent from a young age. His father was a church musician and taught young Johann the violin, organ, harpsichord, and cello. As he got older, Bach performed organ and violin in many of the grand churches of Europe and was the royal court musician of the King of Poland. Bach was very religious, and viewed his music as a reflection of his faith, attributing all of his accomplishments to God. Bach also went to great lengths to reference the Bible by making sharp and flat counts in his pieces correspond to Bible verses. Throughout his musical career, Bach wrote about 1,120 pieces, most notably being the “Brandenburg Concertos” and the Preludes and Fugues of the “Well Tempered Clavier.” Bach was one of the most important figures in music, because he explored the ranges of instruments that would eventually develop into our modern instruments, and composed pieces that were challenging, yet full of meaning and emotion.

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