Don't miss visiting the ALL OF BACH site each friday!
The Netherlands Bach Society is planning to perform and add to their web
site all of Bach's 1080 works - a new work each friday.
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. When he was 10 his
parents died and he was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph Bach
who was the organist at Ohrdruf and taught him the organ and clavier At 15 he
became a chorister at Michaelskirche, later becoming the organist at Neukirche
Arnstadt, and when he was 19 he walked 370 km to hear Buxtehude play in Lubeck.
In 1707 he married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach and moved to the ducal court at
Weimar as Konzertmeister to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cothen. Here he gave
recitals and wrote much instrumental music including the Brandenburg Concertos
and the first book of The Well Tempered Clavier.
Maria died in 1720 and Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcken an accomplished
singer and harpsichordist. It was for her that he wrote the collection of
keyboard pieces The Anna Magdalena Notebook.
Other major compositions included the Goldberg Variations of 1722, the St Mathew
Passion of 1727, The Musical Offering of 1747 and the monumental work The Art of
He is celebrated as one of the world's greatest musicians, his main achievement
being his development of polyphony. He had a profound influence on Mozart,
Beethoven and Haydn