Friday, March 25, 2011

Music History : German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685 –  28 July 1750)

Bach a native of iEisenach, Saxe-Eisenach was a popular composer during the era of Baroque music period.  He was included on the "Three B's" of the Greatest composers in music history along with Beethoven and Brahms.

The word "baroque" came from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning "misshapen pearl", a strikingly fitting characterization of the architecture of this period; later, the name came to be applied also to its music. A Baroque period falls between the late Renaissance and early Classical periods roughly between 1600 and 1750.

Being born from the family of musicians, J.S. Bach was a prolific composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought to its ultimate maturity.

Bach’s musical style was known for his contrapuntal invention and techniques, a control of harmonic and motivic organization from the smallest to the largest scales.

Some of his great works includes The Goldberg Variations, Mass in B Minor, St. Mathew Passion, The Musical offering, The Art of Fugue, Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello.