Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), organist, composer

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Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), organist, composer

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1685-1750

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer of the Baroque era, the most celebrated member of a large family of north German musicians. In 1695, his parents died and he was sent to live with his brother, Johann Christoph, an organist. Whilst living with his brother he learnt the keyboard and studied composition on his own. He worked as an organist, then as a court composer at Cöthen (now Köthen) and then as musical director at St Thomas's church in Leipzig, producing many hundreds of choral and instrumental works. Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist, and expert on organ building, Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Appearing at a propitious moment in the history of music, Bach was able to survey and bring together the principal styles, forms, and national traditions that had developed during preceding generations and, by virtue of his synthesis, enrich them all.

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Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-1795), composer, harpsichordist (1732-1795)

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Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-1795), composer, harpsichordist is the child of Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), organist, composer

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Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788), composer, church musician (1714-1788)

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Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788), composer, church musician is the child of Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), organist, composer

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S.Wickham (2003), J.Fitton (2004), Natasha Dolg (2021)

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https://www.britannica.com/biography/Johann-Sebastian-Bach/Reputation-and-influence https://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/musicmanu/bach/ (Accessed April 9th 2021)

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