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Johann Sebastian Bach

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer of baroque music, organist, harpsichordist, violinist, music teacher and conductor. He is regarded by most musicians as one of the greatest and most influential composers in the history of classical music because of the inventiveness with which he combined melody, harmony and rhythm, but also various music styles from his time and dance forms, which inspired many composers after him and whatever they tried to match.

Bach, with Claudio Monteverdi and Jean-Philippe Rameau, are considered the highlight of the musical baroque (ca. 1600 - ca. 1750). So much so that the end of baroque music, ended with the death of Bach. His surviving music, which was only published in large numbers from around 1800, has also proved to be of great significance for many composers after him.

Bach's music was not only inventive, but also has great emotional expressiveness. This rare combination ensured that composers saw him as an inspiration. Public worship has almost taken on religious forms in the last century. A special turn for a man who didn't find it all that impressive: "All you have to do is hit the right note." That is exactly what he did.