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Johann Sebastian Bach

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Nancy Leigh Strum

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Johann Sebastian Bach
March 21, 1685-July 28, 1750

The Life and Times of Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach was a Baroque composer from Germany who lived more than 250 years ago. He is still famous today!

He did not become famous during his lifetime. He never knew that his music became popular worldwide. One hundred years after he died, another composer (Felix Mendelssohn) made Bach famous by conducting his St. Matthew's Passion for choir and orchestra.
Birth and Early Childhood Years
Johann was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685.

Born into a family of musicians.

Father taught him to play the violin and harpsichord (an early version of the piano).

His uncle - Johann Christoph - taught him to play the organ.
Work History
Bach worked three places:
1. For a duke in Weimar, Germany.
2. For a prince Cothen, Germany.
3. At St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. He began working here in 1723 and stayed there until his death in 1750.
Famous compositions
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Well-Tempered Clavier
Cello Suite No. 1
St. Matthew Passion
Brandenburg Concertos
Goldberg Variations
Personal Life
Married two times. The first time - he married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. They had seven children together. She died in 1720. In 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcke. They had thirteen children. Bach was a father to 20 children in all.
Bach once traveled 200 miles ON FOOT to hear Dietrich Buxtehude, a famous organist, play.
Bach composed for solo voice and instruments, choir, and orchestra. He was a well-rounded composer.
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