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One of the most profoundly inspired and masterful composers in history Johann Sebastian Back 1685-1750 was born into a musical family in Eisenach Germany Born into a musical family his father Johann Ambrosius Bach was a talented violinist and taught his son the basic skills of string playing While spending time with his dad he was influenced to the realm of music He grew up and created his own music that became famous of his time the Baroque period There were few composers that would be considered to be on his level for his time such as Handel Vivaldi and Teleman Bach composed well over a thousand pieces but yet lived a very simple middle class life Bach was that rare composer whose genius cannot be summed up even approximated by any known means In order to see the artistic trends which flow into Bachs music one must look at the art of the time During the Baroque period the style was a style where art and artist of the time focused upon details and intricate design During this time the portraits began to portray modern life and artists turned their backs on classical tradition Buildings were more elaborate and ornately decorated Theses works of art created history and altered the progress of Western Civilization The progress has been an uneven one Regression and progress often alternated and shifts in direction often occurred Art architecture literature music and historical events shaped the ideas of the era we know today
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