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Bach's Fight for Freedom

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It's not easy being a musical genius, particularly in an age when artists depend on nobility for their bread and butter. Part of HBO's composer series, Bach's Fight for Freedom is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his relationship with Frederick, a young servant in the house of Duke Wilhelm, for whom they both work. Bach wants the freedom to compose many different kinds of music, but the duke only wants traditional organ music. Frederick wants to be a stone mason, but his family members have been servants to...
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Overview

It's not easy being a musical genius, particularly in an age when artists depend on nobility for their bread and butter. Part of HBO's composer series, Bach's Fight for Freedom is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his relationship with Frederick, a young servant in the house of Duke Wilhelm, for whom they both work. Bach wants the freedom to compose many different kinds of music, but the duke only wants traditional organ music. Frederick wants to be a stone mason, but his family members have been servants to the duke for generations. Through their friendship, Frederick and Bach find the strength to break traditions and achieve their dreams. The story is based on the true incident when Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Sachsen-Weimer imprisoned Bach for wanting to resign his position and work for another nobleman. This video won the Oppenheim Golden Seal Award for Best Children's Videos and the Kids First Award for Best Children's Video. Recommended for ages six to 12.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Historical notes; 3 language versions - English, Español and Français; Scene access; Expanded soundtrack; Dolby Digital stereo
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • UPC: 073999664744
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Devine EnT. CORP.
  • Time: 53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,162

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Dykstra
Ian D. Clark
Kyle Labine
Technical Credits
Stuart Gillard Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [2:15]
2. Entering Service [3:13]
3. Horrible Work Conditions [3:20]
4. No Respect for Authority [2:38]
5. Why Not Quit? [4:23]
6. Music Is Important [3:15]
7. At the Red Palace [3:14]
8. It Is Forbidden [3:20]
9. Stand Up for Your Beliefs [3:39]
10. A Bach Family Lunch [1:59]
11. An Offer in Cothen [2:25]
12. Moving On [3:22]
13. A Bad Influence [3:21]
14. Staying Focussed [2:27]
15. Frederick Defends Bach [:58]
16. Josef Wants His Son Back [1:43]
17. Free Bach [1:56]
18. Live Life in Passion [1:52]
19. Credits [1:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Watch the Film
   Special Features
      The Filming of Bach
      The Life and Times of Johann Sebastian Bach
      Bach: Soundtrack
         Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046
            III. Allegro
         Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
            II. Allegro
         Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
            I. Allegro
            II. Andante
         Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
            III. Allegro
         Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in Bb Major, BWV 1051
            III. Allegro
         Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1065
            III. Allegro
         Overture No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
            II. Air
            VI. Gigue
         Overture No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
            IX. Badinerie
         Cantata Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben, BWV 147
            Chorale: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
      Cast of Characters
      Photo Gallery
      More About Our Award-Winning Films
   Scene Index
   Web Link
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