Johann Sebastian Bach is arguably the greatest classical composer of all time. Almost all composers after him admired his work and most of us today know him pretty well. Or do we? Let's find out!
Oct 17, 2020 • 11 questions
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QWhich is true about the Bach family?
QBach never traveled far and spent his entire career in an area of Germany smaller than most states in the US. His children, however, did travel and Johann Christian Bach established himself as a court music master in...
QWe often think of Bach as a calm and tranquil figure, but, according to records, he had quite a temper. In the summer of 1705, at the age of 25 years old, he had a scuffle in the street across from the church he worked at. What was the reason for that?
QLater in the same year of 1705, Bach took a month off his job in Arnstadt and travelled some 200 miles (about the distance between New York and Boston) to visit and learn from the famous organist Dietrich Buxtehude. How did he get there?
QOn November 6, 1717 Bach went to jail for attempting to resign from his job as organist in Weimar (in that time he could only leave such position if the prince allowed him to do so). Which famous collection Bach started working on while in prison?
QThis famous piece for solo violin is a Chaconne, a dance rhythm originated in Spain during the 1600s but gained great popularity in a different country...
QChevalier John Taylor was a British doctor who unsuccessfully operated Bach and Handel for the same condition. What was it?
QThe Brandenburg Concertos are 6 famous concerts for different ensembles Bach presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721. Which one is this excerpt from?
QIt was not uncommon in Bach's time for employers to add goods as part of their employees' salaries. All items below were a part of Bach's salary at some point, except:
QOne of Bach's last keyboard compositions was left unfinished, as you can hear in this excerpt. Which piece was this?
QAlthough today we consider Bach one of the greatest composers in history, during his lifetime his music was considered old fashioned and too conservative. In fact his own son, Carl Philip, came up with this nickname for him:
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