J.S. Bach

ohann Sebastian Bach was was born in 1685 in the town of Eisenach, which is in Germany. After his father, Johann Ambrosius, was court trumpeter and director of the town music, a task in which he showed extraordinary versatility by playing the violin, wind instruments and the organ. The Bach family had been well enough known for its musical activities for several generations, and Johann Sebastian was trained to follow the same trade.

    In 1694 his mother died and in the following year the death of his father made it necessary for him to move with his 13-year-old brother Johann Jacob to Ohrdruf, where the eldest of the brothers, Johann Christoph, was organist.

    Bach's early career was as an organist. For the passing years, he had been a court musician, court organist, chamber musician, etc. In his music Bach represents the culmination of Baroque tradition, stiffened by the intellectual discipline of German polyphony. The period at Weimar between 1708 and 1717 naturally brought a number of major compositions for the organ, while the time he spent at the Pietist court of Prince Leopold at Coethen, where there was no place for elaborate church music, saw the composition of a quantity of instrumental music.

    During the last 25 years of his life Bach also began to set in order many of his earlier works, with particular attention to compositions for keyboard, for organ, clavichord and harpsichord.

    To me, Bach is my most favourite composer. I'm very impressed with the contribution in his music and also the beautiful of melody in each part. Also, most of today's music theory were made up by him. So, many people said even Beethoven is not as great as Bach, although Beethoven had written a lot of great music. You can see how important Bach is.