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Listening to Bach is like watching energy pass from gear to gear in a complicated - but perfectly aligned and synchronized individual parts Han-Leon 1997 This description of Johann Sebastian Bachs music captures the essence of the Baroque period a time when art music and architecture were stylistically complex yet beautiful Artists were experimenting with new colors architectural designs were ornamental and extravagant and composers such as Bach were changing the way music was structured This paper will review the life and career of Johann Sebastian Bach the changes in his musical style and discuss the significance of Bachs music which can only be described as genius Johann Sebastian Bach was born in the small German town of Eisenach in 1685 Bach was born into a musical family in which many of his family members held musical positions throughout the region At an early age Bachs father Johann Ambrosius the towns director of musicians began teaching Bach the violin and harpsichord a talent that remained with Bach throughout his life Although Bachs father began his musical education it was Bachs uncle Johann Christoph Bach who first introduced Bach to the organ the instrument that is associated with Bachs fame The strong religious ties in Bachs music can be attributed Eisenach since it is the same town that Martin Luther hid from persecution while translating the New Testament into German Bachs early life was not all melodies by the age of ten he had lost a brother sister and both his parents Mortality rates were high at the time so it was common for children to lose their parent early in life This event marked the beginning of Bachs many travels In 1695 Bach went to live with his eldest brother Johann Christoph in the city of Ohrdruf who was a talented organist in his own right Johann Christophs greatest contribution was probably that of a role model Sebastian appears to have been sufficiently impressed by
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