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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was the father of modern music, a supreme craftsman able to bridge the gap between the music of the Renaissance and the glories of Mozart, Hayden, and Beethoven. Bach expert Martin Geck shows us Bach in his time, offering a portrait of the personal, political and social circumstances that shaped some of the greatest music ever written. It analyses Bach’s musical achievement and considers why music such as the "Brandenburg Concertos" and the "St. Matthew Passion" continues to hold its appeal centuries later.

176 pages | 5 x 8

Life & Times

Music: General Music

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Table of Contents

Introduction by John Butt

The early years: youth and early experiences as an organist (1685-1708)

Court organist and Konzertmeister: Bach in Weimar (1708-1717)

Court Kapellmeister in Köthen (1717-1723)

Kantor of St Thomas’s: Bach’s early Leipzig period (1723-1729)

The ‘court composer’: Bach’s middle Leipzig period (from 1729)

The universalist: the late Leipzig period (to 1750)

Epilogue: Bach’s place in the history of music

Bach and the Violin



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