Johann Sebastian Bach, born into a family of musicians, began his study of music at a young age, was orphaned by age ten, and a working musician by age eighteen. His work represents the late Baroque period during which time he became a master of counterpoint and homophony, where a melody is supported by chords or harmonies. He composed concertos, suites, recitatives, da capo arias, and choral music. His contemporaries included: Vivaldi, Telemann, and Handel. He married twice, Maria Barbara Bach, in 1707, and after her death, soprano Anna Magdalena Wilcke Bach in 1721. He is considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music and was highly regarded among his colleagues, during his lifetime.
The works of Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach was known for many compositions. From 1717-1723, he was hired by Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen. The prince gave him the freedom to be creative and experiment with his compositions, making this a time of musical growth. After Bach died, his second eldest son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, became the family member most concerned with preserving his father’s legacy. Scholars feel his best works include the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the St. Matthew Passion, the Six Suites for Solo Cello, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the Violin Partita No. 2, the B Minor Mass, and the Flute Sonata in B minor.
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