Johann Sebastian Bach Criticism

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of
the greatest composers in Western musical history. More
than 1,000 of his compositions survive. Some examples are
the Art of Fugue, Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg
Variations for Harpsichord, the Mass in B- Minor, the
motets, the Easter and Christmas oratorios, Toccata in F
Major, French Suite No 5, Fugue in G Major, Fugue in G
Minor ("The Great"), St. Matthew Passion, and Jesu Der
Du Meine Seele. He came from a family of musicians.
There were over 53 musicians in his family over a period of
300 years. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach,
Germany on March 21, 1685. His father, Johann
Ambrosius Bach, was a talented violinist, and taught his son
the basic skills for string playing; another relation, the
organist at Eisenach's most important church, instructed the
young boy on the organ. In 1695 his parents died and he
was only 10 years old. He went to go stay with his older
brother, Johann Christoph, who was a professional organist
at Ohrdruf. Johann Christoph was a professional organist,
and continued his younger brother's education on that
instrument, as well as on the harpsichord. After several
years in this arrangement, Johann Sebastian won a
scholarship to study in Luneberg, Northern Germany, and
so left his brother's tutelage. A master of several
instruments while still in his teens, Johann Sebastian first
found employment at the age of 18 as a "lackey and
violinist" in a court orchestra in Weimar; soon after, he took
the job of organist at a church in Arnstadt. Here, as in later
posts, his perfectionist tendencies and high expectations of
other musicians - for example, the church choir - rubbed
his colleagues the wrong way, and he was embroiled in a
number of hot disputes during his short tenure. In 1707, at
the age of 22, Bach became fed up with the lousy musical
standards of Arnstadt (and the working conditions) and
moved on to another organist job, this time at the St.
Blasius Church in Muhlhausen. The same year, he married
his cousin Maria Barbara Bach. Again caught up in a
running conflict between factions of his church, Bach fled to
Weimar after one year in Muhlhausen. In Weimar, he
assumed the post of organist and concertmaster in the
ducal chapel. He remained in Weimar for nine years, and
there he composed his first wave of major works, including
organ showpieces and cantatas. By this stage in his life,
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