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Johann Sebastian Bach Since the dawn of music there have been many great composers throughout the world However no composer had a greater impact to music than Johann Sebastian Bach from the Baroque era 1600 ad -1750 ad Johann Sebastian Bach was a forefather to music as the author Homer was a forefather Western literature Yet unlike Homers uses of words and verses in his literature JS Bach used notes and chords in his music which to him was an apparatus of worship Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21 1685 in Eisenach Thuringina into a family that over seven generations created at least 53 outstanding musicians He first received musical training from his father Johann Ambrosius a town musician Stricken by his fathers death at the young age of 10 he went to reside and study with his older brother Johann Christoph an organist in Ohrdruf In 1700 Bach began to earn his own living as a chorister at the Church of Saint Michael in Luneburg Later in 1703 he became a violinist in the chamber orchestra at the Church of Prince Ernst of Weimar but later moved to Arnstadt where he became a church organist In October 1705 Bach went to Lubeck to study with the distinguished Danish-born German organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude which largely affected Bach Bach was then criticized for the new lavish flourishes and bizarre harmonies in his organ accompaniments to congregational singing He was already too highly respected nevertheless for either objection to result in his dismissal Then in 1707 he went to Mulhausen as an organist in the Church of Saint Blasius The next year he went back to Weimar as an organist and violinist at the court of Duke Wilhelm Ernst and abide there for the next 9 years becoming concertmaster of the court orchestra in 1714 In Weimar he composed about 30 cantatas and also wrote organ and harpsichord works In
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