Johann Sebastian Bach and His Musical Sons: A Family Portrait in Sound

Johann Sebastian Bach, virtuoso performer and impactful composer of the late Baroque era is considered to be one of the greatest musicians of Western Classical music. His monumental works combine a perfect balance of technique and inspiration. We will survey his contributions to sonatas, concertos, suites, and cantatas, as well as keyboard, organ, and choral works; and place them in historical and cultural perspective. Then we will turn our attention to his four musical sons, especially C.P.E. Bach, the Berlin Bach, and Johann Christian Bach, the London Bach who bridged the musical landscape from the Baroque to the Classical era. By examining two generations of the Bach family, we will discover not only important characteristics of the Baroque sound but also the new concepts that would lead to the music of Haydn and Mozart. When eras change, the role of the musician in society also changes. We will compare and contrast the father and his sons, and the different challenges they faced. Through historical recordings and video, we will also enjoy both the established and very latest interpreters of this music. No musical knowledge is needed for the enjoyment of this class. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important musical compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons
  • And understanding of the characteristics of Baroque and Classical music
  • Knowledge about the historical context and lasting legacy of the Bach family

Ideal for

  • Music enthusiasts
  • All members of the community-- working, retired, and in between
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