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The White Hat Guide to
Johann Sebastian Bach
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:
Selected Sheet Music by Bach
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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