Bach was born in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, on March 21, 1685, he came from a family of musicians, going back several generations. Johann Ambrosius, his father, worked as the town musician in Eisenach, and he taught young Johann to play the violin. At the age of 7, Bach peregrinated to school where he received religious ordinant dictation and studied Latin and other subjects. His Lutheran faith would influence his later musical works. By the time he turned 10, Bach found himself an orphan postmortem of both of his parents.
Born on the 31st of March 1685, Bach is now seen by some as the greatest composer of all time. This opinion is backed up by his music and also what we believe we know about his life but it is still a huge claim to make. Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany into a family of well renowned musicians as his father, grandfather and great grandfather were all church organists or town musicians. Because of the fact his parents died when he was very young he was brought up by his older brother. He decided to leave home when he was fifteen and move to another town where he attended school and made money for himself by singing in the church choir and then later playing the organ and violin.
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Handel the fifth son was born to a father who was a surgeon-barber who wanted him to study law even though it was evident at a young age he had an immense talent. His father died at age 11 in which he began to not only compose music but also teach it. By the time he reached eighteen he moved to Hamburg where he joined the violin section of the opera orchestra. It was early 1705 when his first opera Almira was premiered. During this time Handel traveled Italy meeting many great musicians of the day including Corelli, Scarlatti, and Domencio.
Their home was filled with art, literature, and music, and Igor started piano lessons at age nine. But his parents didn’t want him to follow in their footsteps, so they encouraged him to study law, which he did. He went to a university to study, and it was there that he befriended Vladimir Rimsky-Korsakov, a celebrated composer, who Stravinsky was apprenticed under for three years. After a year and a half of this excellent music instruction, Stravinsky began his first symphony. It was around this time that he graduated from the university and married his cousin, Catherine Nossenko.
Soon before his mother and father died in 1694, with his beautiful voice Bach became part of a children’s choir and later moved to Ohrdruf, Germany at age 10 to live with his brother, Johann Christoph Bach, who taught him the keyboard. In 1700 Bach was awarded a scholarship for singing at St. Michael’s School in Luneburg, where he graduated in 1702, but was moved to the orchestra to play the violin after his voice changed (UXL Encyclopedia or World Biography). Throughout his early life Bach often traveled the country to listen to other musicians perform. Bach, having already been groomed for his career as a musician in his early years, began this career in 1703 when he was hired as a church organist in Arnstad, Germany. On a... ... middle of paper ... ... was very good at it, one of the best.
He began receiving instruction from his father and older brother (Ignaz Schubert), who taught him to play both the violin and piano; this helped in developing his passion for music (Columbia). Following this initial introduction into music, he began singing at a local church and studying organ. He gained admittance as a singer into Stadkonvikt (Imperial Seminary), a university that “trained young vocalists so they could one day sing at the chapel of the... ... middle of paper ... ...ard Wilberforce. Wm. H. Allen & Co., 13, Waterloo Place, S.W., 1866.
Beethoven’s first music teacher was his father. Once Johann noticed his son’s talent, he tried to make Beethoven into the next Mozart. At this point, Beethoven’s childhood and life was greatly affected by his father’s cruelty, harshness, alcoholism, and attempts to make him a child prodigy. Johann tried to portray Beethoven as another child, musical genius like Mozart. Beethoven made his first public recital on March 26, 1778, where his father advertised him as a six-year-old.