Johann Sebastian Bach - German Composer And Organist (Biography)

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Johann Sebastian Bach - German Composer and Organist is the biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, Bach enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, a control of harmonic and motivic organization from the smallest to the largest scales, and the ...
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Johann Sebastian Bach - German Composer and Organist is the biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, Bach enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, a control of harmonic and motivic organization from the smallest to the largest scales, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly those of Italy and France. Revered for their intellectual depth and technical and artistic beauty, Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg concertos; the Goldberg Variations; the English Suites, French Suites, Partitas, and Well-Tempered Clavier; the Mass in B Minor; the St Matthew Passion; the St. John Passion; The Musical Offering; The Art of Fugue; the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo; the Cello Suites; more than 200 surviving cantatas; and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. While Bach's level of fame as an organist was great during his lifetime, he was not particularly well-known as a composer. His adherence to Baroque forms and contrapuntal style was considered "old-fashioned" by contemporaries of this period, especially late in his career when the musical fashion tended towards Rococo and later Classical styles. A revival of interest and performances of his music began early in the 19th century, and he is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition. Johann Sebastian Bach - German Composer and Organist is highly recommended for those interested in learning more about this talented composer and musician.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781599863740
  • Publisher: Filiquarian Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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