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Johann Sebastian Bach

Short Biography with videos. Meant for Music History in Elementary General Music
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Emily Martin

on 8 November 2013

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Transcript of Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach
Early Life
Born March 30, 1685 in Germany
Came from over 300 year's worth of composers
His father was the director of the town musicians
His father taught him Violin and Music Theory
His mother passed away in 1694 and his father passed just eight months later
Moved in with his oldest brother who was a professional organist.
Learned as much as he could about composing and music from his brother
Was awarded a prestigious choral scholarship at age 14
Held three major jobs over his lifetime.
First worked for a Duke, then a Prince, and then finally the Director of Music for St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, Germany
In his spare time he conducted a group of musicians at a local coffee house
During his life people thought he was just an ordinary musician/composer
No one really knew much about his music until 100 years after his death, when another composer, Felix Mendelssohn, conducted a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Bach is now seen as one of the greatest geniuses in music history.
He wrote all kinds of music -- for organ and other keyboard instruments, orchestras, choirs, and concertos for many different instrumental combinations.
Died at age 65 on July 28, 1750 from Stroke
Bach's Life--Continued
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Organ (1703-1707)
Baroque Composer
Mach dich mein Herze rein
St. Matthew's Passion (1727)
Bach Cello Suite No. 1-Prelude
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello (1717-1723)
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Glasses (1703-1707)
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