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Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friderick Handel were two of the mostimportant composers of the Baroque Period Compare and contrast their lives andsacred musical works studied in classJohann Sebastian Bach and George Friderick Handel are two of the mostimportant composers of the Baroque period Born only one month apart both inGermany Handel lived nine more years than Bach Coming from the same periodthe two composers have many qualities that are alike and some unlike Thesequalities include the time frames of their childhood adult hood and later years as wellas a comparison between two sacred musical piecesBach and Handel though both born in Germany only one month apart theycame from different family lifestyles George Handel did not come from a musicalfamily his father wanted him to study law By age 9 his talent was too obvious andbegan to study with a local organist and composer Whereas Johann Bach camefrom a long line of musicians Four of his own sons became composers Bach alsostarted as an organist and composer but as a church organistAt the age of 18 Handel went to Hamburg and became a violinist and aharpsichordist in the orchestra In the meantime Bach was a court conductor for thePrince of Cothen it was his first position that was not involved in the church or organmusic Bach later became a director of must at St Thomas church where he stayedfor the next 27 years At the age of 21 Handel was successfully producing operas He later went to Italy where he associated with famous musicians and princesHandel became knows as Englands most important composer Bach was notconsidered the greatest composer of his day but he was recognized as the greatestorganist and harpsichordist Handel wrote suites organ concertos concerti grossi butmostly oratorios and Italian operas Bach wrote all forms of Baroque music all exceptOperas Bach was a deeply religious man Handel wrote oratorios based from storiesof the Old Testament but it was not church music Backs music
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