Johann Sebastian Bach Biography

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach was born in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, into a great musical family. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the director of the town musicians, and all of his uncles were professional musicians. His father probably taught him to play the violin and harpsichord, and his brother, Johann Christoph Bach, taught him the clavichord and exposed him to much contemporary music. Apparently at his own initiative, Bach attended St. Michael's School in Lüneburg for two years. After graduating he held several musical posts across Germany: he served as Kapellmeister to Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, Cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and Royal Court Composer to Augustus III. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality:
Holy Roman Empire
Profession:
Cantor, Composer, Organist, Violist, Violinist, Musician, Harpsichordist, Teacher
Ethnicity:
Germans
Date of Birth:
March 31, 1685
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Date of Death:
July 28, 1750
Age at Death:
65
Cause of Death:
Stroke
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