Bach: The Baroque Period: Johann Sebastian Bach

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The Baroque Period was a very unique time period when the arts flourished, especially music. New techniques and ideas began to become more prominent during this time and changed the rules of how music was being written. Also, new composers appeared and gave their own input and style to Baroque music. However, one of the most prolific and well known composer during this time was Johann Sebastian Bach. It is also no surprise that he was an excellent musician and composer. Bach was born into a life of music. Musicians had been in his family for generations and continued with him, his siblings, and his children. However, he was one of the more well-known musicians in his family. His music became very prominent and defined an era. People from all…show more content…
In Leipzig, Bach was chosen to be the cantor and musical director for the city of Leipzig. Bach was also in charge of organizing music and choirs at four churches which were the Thomaskirche, the Nikolaikirche, the Petrikirche, and the Neuekirche. He also had other responsibilities such as being the cantor for the school at Thomaskirche. Bach spent a lot of time and lived at St. Thomas Church where he did most of composition work. He composed several cantatas and church music during this time which would be performed occasionally at the churches. He also composed several major works during this time such as the “Magnificat” and “St. John Passion”. While composing and performing music at churches, Bach also held regular concerts at Zimmerman’s Coffee House amongst other places. In 1729 while still living in Leipzig, Bach became appointed the Court Composer of the Dresden Court. This helped Bach spread his music which helped Bach become more famous. Because of this, Bach became busier and worked more frequently. However he sometimes left his work to interns and assistants which left him in trouble with the Council of the Dresden Court. Later, Bach developed a relationship with the Collegia Musica which were secular music organizations that were run by the students of the nearby universities. Bach eventually became the director of the Collegia Musica. Bach continued to compose several works both secular and non-secular. His compositions included cantatas, oratorios, masses, and concertos. These forms of music flourished during the Baroque Period and became widely popular throughout Europe. He also held concerts of two different forms: ordinaire and extraordinaire. The ordinaire concerts were just standard and regular concerts while the extrordinaire concerts were for special events. In 1744, Bach started to enter his later years. He still continued to
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