Composer Biography - Johann Sebastian Bach
Run time: 1m 25s | Release Date: April 1st, 2016
Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21st, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany.
A great master of the Baroque Period, Bach’s contribution to the evolution of music is undeniable.
Easily regarded as one of, if not the most influential composers in music history. This, however, was not exactly the case during his time. In fact, many of Bach’s contemporaries considered his work antiquated and old fashioned and preferred the music of Georg Philipp Telemann.
Even after his death the influence Bach’s compositions had on future musicians, with the exception of Mozart and Beethoven among few others, was limited, until the 19th century when Felix Mendelssohn rediscovered his choral works.
Today, some of his more well-known pieces include the Brandenburg Concertos and the Art of Fugue.
Bach had many children. He had seven children with his first wife, Bach’s second cousin Maria Barbara Bach, and thirteen with his second wife, Anna Magdalena Wilcken. Out of all 20 only four became successful composers; most notably Carl Philipp Emmanuel.
Johann Sebastian Bach died on July 28th, 1750 in Leipzig, Germany at the age of 65.
Run time: 2m 02s | Release Date: February 2nd, 2018
Domenico Scarlatti was born on October 26th, 1685, in Naples, Italy.
An outstanding composer of music for the harpsichord, Scarlatti’s fame rests on the 550 or so one-movement keyboard sonatas.
His early musical training came from his father, Alessandro Scarlatti, who was Maestro di cappella, or choirmaster, in the Neapolitan royal chapel. It was here where, in 1701 at the age of 16, Domenico was appointed organist.