Brief History of Bach

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The composer I have chosen is Johann Sebastian Bach. The particular work that I have enjoyed the most is called: "Cantata No.80, A Mighty Fortress is Our God," on the first disc of the Norton Recordings. I enjoyed this the most because of the vocal melodies and harmonies of the singers. It is an easy song for me to relax to. I found myself listening to that song at night when I couldn't sleep, and it did help very much.

Bach was one of the greatest composers of all time. He definitely did not suffer from much of a writer's block because he wrote more than 1,000 compositions! All of these works came from the Baroque Era. Some of his works include the Art of Fugue, Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations for Harpsichord, the motets, the Easter and Christmas oratorios, Toccata in F Major, French Suite No. 5, Fugue in G Major, Fugue in G Minor ("The Great"), St.

Matthew Passion, and Jesu Der Du Meine Seele. The Baroque Era was a time of great change and imagination. During this time, the middle class started to obtain some wealth as imaginations could run wide.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany on March 21, 1685 and came from a family full of musicians. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a talented violinist, and taught his son the basic skills for string playing. Another family relation who worked at the church instructed Bach with the organ. In 1695, his parents died and he was only 10 years old. He went to go stay with his older brother, Johann Christoph, who was a professional organist, and add to Bach's musical education by learning the organ and harpsichord. After several years, Johann Sebastian Bach won a scholarship to study in Luneberg,