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Mar 21, 1685 – Jul 28, 1750

Organist, Composer, Musician, Music Teacher

German

“There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”

Bach was buried in an unmarked grave.

There is no number in the world of music more respected than Johann Sebastian Bach. Coming from a family with a long line of musical dna, it was assumed Bach would be a musician. Lessons from his father began when he was just a small digit. He had an insatiable curiosity about music and sometimes walked great distances to hear certain organists play. The fame he received during his lifetime was due to his ability as an organist more than his reputation as a composer. He did not set out to change the world with his music but rather to bring traditional music to new heights in glorifying his faith (such as in his St. Matthew Passion). His vast and complex works inspired later composers like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and his influence is still heard in today’s music. Bach spent his life as a servant and never traveled outside of Germany. He fathered 20 children (seven from his first wife, who died, and 13 from his second wife, who was 17 years younger than himself). Later in his life, Bach’s eyesight became very poor. There were no anesthetics in those days, and, although the pain would be unbearable, he agreed upon having two operations rather than go blind. Unfortunately, the operations were failures, and he lost his eyesight. He stopped a few months later from a stroke. It wasn’t until nearly 100 years after he had stopped that his music began to be plated and performed around the world.