Johann Sebastian Bach Essay

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Throughout history, there have been many significant composers who have left their

mark on the musical world. From Mozart, to Beethoven, to Chopin, to Brahms, each famous

composer has had an influence on the music we hear today. However, perhaps one of the most

influential of all composers is Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s effect on music history can never

be over-exaggerated. Bach played a crucial role in influencing many later composers, such as

Mozart and Beethoven, as well as many modern musicians, redefined polyphonic music and

musical form, and created beautiful works of canonic music that still resonate with listeners

today, over 250 years after his death.

Born in March of 1685, Johann
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Moving on into his early adulthood, Bach was hired to play in special services at a church

in Mühlhausen, in which he was expected to compose the pieces he would play. It was this job

that would earn him enough money to marry Maria Barbara, to whom he fathered 7 children,

though only 4 survived. In the following year, Bach accepted a job to play in the court of Duke

Weimar, and later became Konzertmeister (concert master). He afterwards sought a higher

more prestigious title of Kapellmeister (chapel master), and accepted an offer from Prince

Leopold of Cothen, in 1717. His work under Prince Leopold was, perhaps, the most enjoyable

part of Bach’s career. “Unlike most Princes of his time, he was a player of considerable

proficiency on the harpsichord, the violin and the viola da gamba, and contrary to current Court

etiquette he played quite freely and informally with his Court musicians, treating them entirely as

his equals.” (www.baroquemusic….bach/html).The positive working atmosphere prince Leopold

had created could have very well helped in encouraging Bach to write his music. When the

prince traveled, Bach, as well as several other musicians, would accompany him, bringing along

many instruments and an ingenious folding harpsichord. Upon arriving home, in 1720, from one

of the prince’s extensive journeys, Bach learned his
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