Day 68: Johann Sebastian Bach, Father of the Fugue

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When and where did they live?  Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685 and lived in Germany all his life.

What are they the father of? Why is he famous?   He is “Father of the Fugue”, which is a Baroque musical form. He was an accomplish musician, especially with the organ and left many works that are still performed today such as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Tocatta and Fugue in G Minor”. He influenced many of the great composers to follow him such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

How many children did they have? Did they follow in their father’s footsteps? Bach was many times a father. He was married twice and had seven children with his first wife and 13 with his second.

Many of his children had notable musical careers of their own such as:

Wilhelm Friedemann

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Gottfried Heinrich Bach,

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

Johann Christian Bach

What can we learn from them?  If you work hard, you can leave a legacy for you family to follow for generations.

Further Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bach_family

http://www.jsbach.org/

http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxjsbach.html

“The Best of Bach” Video: http://youtu.be/6JQm5aSjX6g

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