It is said that Bach composed some 200 sacred cantatas and numerous secular cantatas. In addition to this staggering quantity, the quality of these works is notable. He composed the bulk of his cantatas during his first few years at Leipzig, and did so in three cycles. Bach would begin each cycle on the first Sunday after Trinity, and continue his work until Trinity Sunday the next year. He used three sources for his cantata text: biblical passages to be read on that day, chorale text associated with that day, and poetic interpretation of expressed sentiment for that particular day. During the first cycle, from 1723–1724, Bach drew from his past compositions in Weimar and Cohen, but essentially, wrote a new piece every Sunday. In the second cycle, from 1724–1725, Bach wrote many of his chorale cantatas as well as cantatas for the Feast Days such as the Feast of Saint John and Festival of Reformation.
In 1692, Sebastian ’s mother died, and his father remarried. Tragically, within three months, the senior Bach followed his wife, and orphaned J.S Bach and his siblings. Sebastian and his brother, Johann Jacob, went to live with their eldest brother, Johann Christoff at the Ohrdruf Lyceum, where they received a rigorous education.
A perfect example of the noticeability of modern rock influenced by Baroque music can be heard in the Baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s, “Brandenburg Concerto No 4 G major BWV 1049”(Classical Vault 2), and modern day rock band, This will destroy you combined instrumental music, “Three legged work horse and there are some” (TheRealConcertKing)....
That's art, speaking with your heart to the hearts of others.” Starting at a young age Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven have done just that with their musical compositions....
1. Puszta / Jan Van der Roost / arr.: Maarten Jense
2. Prelude and Processional / Ernest Bloch, transcribed: John O’Reilly
3. Steminger / Arild Mjaaland / solist: Laurent Ben Slimane, bassklarinett
4. Chorale and Danza / Vaclav Nelhybel
5. Sarabande / Claude Debussy / arr.: Sharon Davis
6. Jesu, Joy of Man’s desiring / Johann Sebastian Bach / arr.: Elliot Del Borgo
7. Dodecaphonic Essay / Elliot Del Borgo
8. Aria / Sigmund Groven / arr.: Tor Anton Haarr
9. Concerto in Do maggiore / Antionio Vivaldi / arr.: Arild Mjaaland / solist Cyrille Mercadier, ocarina
10. Våren / Edvard Grieg / arr.: Steinar Eielsen
11. Moment Musical No.3 / Sergei Rachmanioff / arr.: William Schmidt
12. Rikudium / Jan Van der Roost / arr.: Maarten Jense
That, I believe, is what Bach did here: through a hands-on "ordinary" process of listening to and adjusting the scales,he (or someone around him) found a very good irregular layout that solves all the musical problems.
This essay is pretty good at outlining his accomplishments. In part it reads: A master of several instruments while still in his teens, Johann Sebastian first found employment at the age of 18 as a “lackey and violinist” in a court orchestra in Weimar; soon after, he took the job of organist at a church in Arnstadt. Here, as in later posts, his perfectionist tendencies and high expectations of other musicians – for example, the church choir – rubbed his colleagues the wrong way, and he was embroiled in a number of hot disputes during his short tenure.
Born to Maria Elizabeth Lammershirt and musician, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Johann Sebastian was the youngest of their surviving children. While little is known of Johann Sebastian Bach’s childhood, it was later reported by his son that Bach excelled in singing was influenced by his father’s cousin, an organist.
In 1723, Bach began his final positions as Kantor of the Thomasschule and Director musices for the town of Leipzig. In his last years, Bach focused on private works including Canonic Variations for Organ on Von Himmel hoch and the Musical Offering. Bach’s health began to falter and by the following year, he had lost his vision. Johann Sebastian Bach died after two unsuccessful surgeries for a cataract.