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A Brief Look Into The Life of a Master

Matt Clevenger

on 14 November 2012

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A Brief Look Into The Life of The Master Early Life Born in Eisenach, March 21, 1685.
Was the eighth child in his family. (One of only three mentioned by name on record).
Mother died when he was 9 years old.
Father died as well in 1695 Education Studied at Latenschule, where was educated in Latin, Mathematics, Language, etc... (also where Martin Luther studied as a boy)
Went to Ohrdruf in 1695 after his father's death, where he studied, performed, and copied music; including that of his older brother.
Further practiced Latin and sang in the boys choir at Lyceum. Career 1703- Earns the organist's post at the Neue Kirche, Arnstadt.
1707- Organist at Muhlhausen.
1708- Organist and chamber musician at Weimar.
1717- Kapellmeister at Cothen.
Kantor at the Thomaskirche, Leipzig. Compositions Bach Begins his compositional studies at Orgelbuchlein in 1713.
Composes the famous Sonatas and Partitas in 1720.
Composes the Brandenburg Concertos in 1721.
First performance of St. Matthew Passion is done in 1727.
St. John Passion performed in 1732.
First Performance of the Christmas Oratorio in 1734.
Published Clavierubung Part III in 1739.
In 1742, Bach publishes the Goldberg Variations.
In 1747, The Musical Offering is published.
Bach finishes the B Minor Mass in 1749. Death Bach dies on July 28, 1750.
Many musical historians consider his death to be the official end of the baroque period for music.
Much of Bach's music was not discovered and published until much later after his death. Impact Bach is considered by most musical historians to be the most influential man on modern western music.
He is often referred to as the "father of modern harmony."
His works are used in the academic setting more than almost any other composer's works. (Much of music theory education relies solely on Bach's work.) Works Cited Brandenburg Concerto No 6. i-Allegro Bennet, Joseph. "The Great Composers. No. XVI. Sebastian Bach." The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular 26.508 (1885): 322-325. Print."Johann Sebastian Bach: a detailed informative biography." BAROQUE MUSIC PAGE: biogs, pictures, music samples. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxjsbach.html>.

"A Bach Timeline." BBC Radio3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/bach/timeline.shtml (accessed November 13, 2012).
Koster, Jan. "Johann Sebastian Bach's life." J.S. Bach Homepage. http://www.jsbach.org/biography.html (accessed November 13, 2012).
"Cantatas." Bach Cantatas. http://www.bach-cantatas.com (accessed November 13, 2012).
"Johann Sebastian Bach's life." The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/jsbach (accessed November 13, 2012). By
Matthew Clevenger
Kristen LaCherra
Alex Singer
Brian Slaymaker
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