J.S. Bach

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J.S Bach

Born: March 31, 1685

Died: July 28, 1750.

From: Eisenach, Germany and died in Leipzeg, Germany.

He was one of the greatest composers of of all time. But during his lifetime, he was mostly known for his organ playing. He composed over a 1,000 music pieces.

He worked as a organist, teacher, and composer in his whole life in Germany.

He had over 20 children which included:

  1. Catharina Dorothea (b. 1708)
  2. Wilhelm Friedemann (b. 1710)
  3. Maria Sophia (twin, b. 1713)
  4. Johann Christoph (twin, b. 1713)
  5. Carl Philipp Emanuel (b. 1714)
  6. Johann Gottfried Bernhard (b. 1715)
  7. Leopold Augustus (b. 1718)

The other 13 he had with his second wife, Anna Magdalena Wilcke. Six survived to adulthood.

  1. Christiana Sophia Henrietta (b. 1723)
  2. Gottfried Heinrich (b. 1724)
  3. Christian Gottlieb (b. 1725)
  4. Elisabeth Juliana Friderica (b. 1726)
  5. Ernestus Andreas (b. 1727)
  6. Regina Johanna (b. 1728)
  7. Christiana Benedicta (b. 1730)
  8. Christiana Dorothea (b. 1731)
  9. Johann Christoph Friedrich (b. 1732)
  10. Johann August Abraham (b. 1733)
  11. Johann Christian (b. 1735)
  12. Johanna Carolina (b. 1737)
  13. Regina Susanna (b. 1742)

Early life

Bach was the youngest of eight children. His father was a town musician who gave him early music lessons. Both of his father and mother died a year apart. At age 10, he moved in with his older brother who was a organist at St. Michael's Church. Which is probably how he learned about the organ.

Bach Importance

Bach's works were soon forgotten. But in March, 1829, the composer Felix Mendelssohn performed Bach's St. Matthew Passion, spurring a world-wide interest in Bach. Soon, Bach's works were appreciated by the world.


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