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Bach, Johann Sebastian

Born: 1685 AD
Died: 1750 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Composers, Musicians


1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach was born 21st of March in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany.


1703 - Become organist at Arnstadt. He found his duties as choirmaster irksome, and angered the authorities by his innovative chorale accompaniments.


1707 - Married a cousin, Maria Barbara Bach, and left to become organist at Mühlhausen.


1708 - He transferred to the ducal court at Weimar.


1711-1722 - Kapellmeister to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen, where he wrote mainly instrumental music, including the lsquo;Brandenburg' Concertos (1721) and The Well-tempered Clavier (1722).


1723 - Appointed cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig as well as Director of Music in the principal churches in the town, where his works included perhaps c.300 church cantatas.


1747 - Bach went to the court of Frederick II of Prussia in Potsdam, where the king played a theme for Bach and challenged him to improvise a fugue based on his theme.


1750 - Bach died 28th of July in Leipzig.


J.S. Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the keyboard suites and partitas, the Mass in B Minor, the St Matthew Passion, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, Sonatas and partitas for solo violin, the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, and a large number of cantatas.


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