Introduction and Johann Sebastian Bach

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Before I get into the actual content, I wanted to greet You, the reader of my blog. I’m going to dedicate it to thing, that played one of the main roles in my life. You guessed right, the Piano. I’ll start off with a series of short articles about the compositors, so I shall bore you no more. Enjoy your read as I start off with Johann Sebastian Bach!

Bach was born on 31st March 1685 in Eisenach as the son of Johann Ambrosius Bach and died at the age of 65 on 28th July 1750. He was a German composer, organist, violist, violinist, and harpsichordist of Baroque. His music had a lot of rhythms, textures and forms from abroad, mainly Italy and France. He had attended St Michael’s School in Lüneburg, for a period of two years – apparently at his own initiative.

Not many people know, but all of five Johann’s sons, namely Wilhelm Friedemann, Johann Gottfried Bernhand, Johann Christoph Fredrich, Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel, became well known musicians. Not only his sons, but also his daughters were part of the music culture in the XVIII century, but, to my knowledge, they had some problems participating openly, due to their gender.

Bach is the author of over one thousand well known music masterpieces, which were cataloged in XX century by Wolfgang Schmieder. He wrote for almost all genres that were familiar to him, excluding, for unknown reason, operas. During his lifetime, he was renowned as an organist, organ consultant and organ music composer, creating preludes, fantasias and toccatas, or even fugues.

He wasn’t so well known during his lifetime, but just like Picasso, he became famous some time after his death, particularly during the first half of the 19th century, when he started to be regarded as one of the greatest composers.

I hope you enjoyed this short article about Johann Sebastian Bach, and if you’re looking for more, stay tuned!

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