The Musical Influence of Johann Sebastian Bach

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The Musical Influence of Johann Sebastian Bach

Among the influential composers of baroque music, there have been few who have contributed so much in talent, creativity, and style as Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was a German organist and composer of the baroque era. Bach was born on March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia and died July 28,1750. Bach revealed his feelings and his insights in his pieces. Bach’s mastery of all the major forms of baroque music (except opera) resulted not only from his genius talent, but also from his life long quest for knowledge. In some parts of Germany, the name, “Bach” became a synonym with the word, “musician.” Extremely talented in the art of baroque composition, Bach placed his heart, soul, and
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As a master of several instruments, he became a violist in a court orchestra when he was only 18. Later, he became the organist of several churches in Arnstadt. Throughout these churches he had developed a reputation of having a brilliant musical talent. Also, because of his perfectionist tendencies and high expectations of other musicians, he fought many times which is yet another example of his compassion for music. Furthermore, he had even walked over 200 miles because a great vocalist known as Buxtehude influenced him. As an organist and a choirmaster, Bach continued to devote his life to composing music for churches. He would work under dim light creating these masterpieces. After conducting and composing for the court orchestra at Cothen for seven years, Bach accepted the job of being a music director for the St. Thomas’s church in Leipzig. His compassion for music went on even further after he became blind. He was still creatively active until the very end. Even just before his death, he dictated his last musical composition to his son in law. His career was surely a massive indication of his talent and the heart and soul he put into his music.

The effort of his devotion to music seen in his life and career hopefully will never be forgotten but also that one should take notice the sheer genius this composer displayed in his musical works. Bach’s expressive genius in working counterpoint was a clear indication of him