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The Musical World of Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer, conductor, kapellmeister, organist, renowned improviser, and pedagogue, Johann Sebastian Bach is lauded as one of the supreme masters of Western classical music. His monumental achievements are considered the crowning glory of the baroque era and form the bedrock for musical developments to come. In this course, explore Bach’s renowned music in its cultural context, as well as in the context of Bach’s long and brilliant career, which took him from Cöthen to Weimar and Leipzig. Works to be explored include Toccata and Fugue in D minor; The Well-Tempered Clavier; solo violin and cello suites; “Jesu, Meine Freude”; the Brandenburg Concertos, the St. Matthew Passion; and the Mass in B minor. No musical knowledge is needed for the enjoyment of this class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased familiarity with Bach’s major compositions
  • An understanding of how the cultural context of Bach’s time influenced his compositions and shaped his career

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Classical music lovers and those wishing to learn more about classical music
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