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Johann Sebastian Bach[n 2]¬†(31 March¬†[O.S.¬†21 March]¬†1685¬†‚Äď 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the late¬†Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the¬†Cello Suites¬†and¬†Brandenburg Concertos; keyboard works such as the¬†Goldberg Variations,¬†The Well-Tempered Clavier¬†and the¬†Toccata and Fugue in D minor; and vocal music such as the¬†St¬†Matthew Passion¬†and the¬†Mass in B¬†minor. Since the 19th-century¬†Bach Revival, he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.[2][3]

The¬†Bach family¬†already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in¬†Eisenach. After being orphaned at the age of 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother¬†Johann Christoph, after which he continued his musical formation in¬†L√ľneburg. From 1703 he was back in¬†Thuringia, working as a musician for¬†Protestant¬†churches in¬†Arnstadt¬†and¬†M√ľhlhausen¬†and, for longer stretches of time, at courts in¬†Weimar, where he expanded his¬†organ¬†repertory, and¬†K√∂then, where he was mostly engaged with¬†chamber music. From 1723 he was employed as¬†Thomaskantor¬†(cantor¬†at¬†St.¬†Thomas) in¬†Leipzig. He composed music for the principal¬†Lutheran¬†churches of the city, and for its university's student ensemble¬†Collegium Musicum. From 1726¬†he published¬†some of his¬†keyboard¬†and organ music. In Leipzig, as had happened during some of his earlier positions, he had difficult relations with his employer, a situation that was little remedied when he was granted the title of court composer by his sovereign,¬†Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, in 1736. In the last decades of his life he reworked and extended many of his earlier compositions. He died of complications after eye surgery in 1750 at the age of 65.

 

 

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