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Johann Sebastian Bach

J. S. Bach

1685 - 1750

J S Bach

Widely regarded by many as the greatest composer who ever lived.


J. S. Bach is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers who ever lived yet was only held in moderate esteem by much of the musical establishment in his lifetime. True, he was regarded as a prodigious organist and if your church had commissioned a new organ then Bach was the man to come and put it through its paces and probably make recommendations about how it could be improved. Like most composers of the time he was a skilled improviser but there is a difference between improvising an atmospheric fantasia and improvising a tightly constructed fugue. Most could do the former but Bach could do both. Most composers of the time recognised Bach for his technical skills as a writer of music but relatively few recognised his towering status as a composer. One of those who did not fully recognise the full extent of his genius was Bach himself. He would probably recognise himself as skilled at his craft as a composer and as someone who paid great attention to detail and structure, but to think that he would be recognised by many in coming generations as the greatest composer of all time probably never entered his head. He was too busy composing for this week's church service and for the glory of God.

Some forthcoming Australian concerts and performances featuring the music of Bach:

Tafelmusik - Bach and His World

As part of their 2018 International Concert Season, Musica Viva present Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Elisa Citterio (Musical Director) in a performance including light, sound and narration. The programme includes:

Perth
- 7.30pm, 19th May 2018; Perth Concert Hall
Melbourne
- 7pm, 22nd & 26th May 2018; Melbourne Recital Centre
Canberra
- 7pm, 24th May 2018; Llewellyn Hall
Adelaide
- 7.30pm, 29th May 2018, Adelaide Town Hall
Brisbane
- 7pm, 31st May 2018, QPAC Concert Hall
Sydney
- 2pm 2nd June & 7pm 4th June 2018, City Recital Hall

White Hat recommends going out of your way for this concert. The style of presentation that adds further visual and descriptive background to quality music with quality playing can add serious value to an already fine musical performance.

White Hat also suggests that you avoid booking fees by bookings on the  Musica Viva website by ringing them on 1800 688 482 during business hours.



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Selected Sheet Music by Bach

17266346 look inside The Complete Cantatas (Samtliche Kantaten, Chorale und Motetten). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This edition: Paperback, Urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Study scores. Study scores in a sturdy box for shipping. 19 volumes with more than 11,000 pages. Sacred. Study score, Anthology. 11204 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.TP2004).
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