7. Bach - JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) The...

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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
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The masterpieces of Bach mark the end of baroque music. Bach's father, grandfather, and great- grandfather were church organists or town musicians in Germany. In fact, so many members of the family were musicians that the name Bach became synonymous with town musician.
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Bach passed on this musical heritage. He had 20 children , nine survived him, and four became well known composers. Bach received his first musical training from his father , and his cousin, the church organist. When he was nine, both of his parents died and he went to live with his oldest brother, the organist in a nearby town.
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At fifteen, Bach left his brother. He went to school and supported himself by singing in the church choir and playing the organ and violin . By this time, his love of music was so great that he would walk up to thirty miles to hear a famous organist.
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When he was eighteen, Bach became church organist in Arnstadt. Here he came into conflict with church authorities, because they felt that his music was too complicated.
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At twenty-three he found a better position at Muhlhausen and there he
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