Johann Sebastian Bach

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German organist and composer whose work is today regarded as amongst the finest of mature baroque music (c. 1600-1750). More famous as an organist than as a composer in his own lifetime, Bach's rich legacy encompasses sacred and secular works, notably cantatas, organ pieces, and concertos which influenced many later composers.

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  • 1685 - 1750
    Life of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • 21 Mar 1685
    Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Eisenach in Thuringia, central Germany.
  • 1700
    Johann Sebastian Bach studies in Lüneburg at St. Michael’s school.
  • Aug 1703
    Johann Sebastian Bach is appointed the official organ player of the New Church in Arnstadt.
  • Jun 1707
    Johann Sebastian Bach moves to Mühlhausen.
  • Oct 1707
    Johann Sebastian Bach marries his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach.
  • 1708 - 1717
    Johann Sebastian Bach works at the Weimar court.
  • 1714
    Johann Sebastian Bach is promoted to Konzertmeister at the Weimar court.
  • 1718
    Johann Sebastian Bach works for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen.
  • 1721
    Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are first performed.
  • Dec 1721
    Johann Sebastian Bach marries his second wife the court singer Anna Magdalena Wilcken.
  • 1722
    Volume one of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier is published.
  • 1723
    Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat in E Flat is first performed.
  • May 1723
    Johann Sebastian Bach is appointed the choirmaster, organist and teacher of the Thomaskirche (Saint Thomas’ Church) in Leipzig.
  • 1724
    Johann Sebastian Bach's Saint John Passion is first performed.
  • 1729
    Johann Sebastian Bach's Saint Matthew Passion is first performed.
  • 1736
    Johann Sebastian Bach is appointed the Royal Court Composer to the King of Saxony.
  • 1742
    Volume two of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier is published.
  • 1749
    Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor is first performed.
  • 1750
    Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is published.
  • 28 Jul 1759
    The composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies of a stroke in Leipzig.
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