Bach - The Passion Lives On Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Bach - The Passion Lives On
A biographical analysis of the life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
# 128163 | 1,645 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 01, 2010 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque) , Music Studies (Composers)

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This paper provides an overview and biographical analysis of the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the world's great composers. The paper explores his early family life and education, noting that Bach wrote literally thousands of compositions throughout his lifetime - concertos, arias, chorales, passions, sonatas, and many more. The paper adds that many of his compositions were for the organ, which was his instrument of choice, but he also wrote for harpsichord, violin, and other instruments. The paper explains that Bach worked for many churches during his lifetime, and much of his music seems to have been inspired by his passion for his Lutheran faith. The paper concludes that his work is well-known and loved even today, as it still moves and inspires its listeners.

Bach's Life
Bach's Works
Where Bach Found His Ideas

From the Paper:

"The Duke finally released him, and he went to work for the Prince. In 1720, he returned from a trip to the spa at Carlsbad with the Prince, and found out his wife had died. Four of their seven children were still living, and late in 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena Wulcken, who had another 13 children with the composer. Again, Bach began to feel difficulties with the Prince, who married a woman that did not like music, and he started looking for a new position. In 1723, Bach got a job in Leipzig where he composed for several of the area's churches. This became one of his prolific musical periods, and he wrote numerous pieces while in Leipzig, many that are some of his most well-known and beloved even today. During this time, he also worked for churches and officials in Dresden, splitting his time between the duties of both cities. Tragically, toward the end of his life, by 1849 he began to go blind, and a traveling surgeon attempted to reverse his sight, but instead he went totally blind after the operation (Sherrane). He continued to write music, but he never regained his sight and his health began to fail, as well. He lived until July 28, 1850, when he died and was buried in Leipzig."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyd, Malcolm, and John Butt, eds. J.S. Bach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Linton, Michael. "Bach to the Future." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life Mar. 2007: 37+.
  • Marshall, Robert L., ed. Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Sherrane, Robert. "Johann Sebastian Bach." Internet Public Library. 2008. 22 Oct. 2008. <>
  • Stapert, Calvin R. "Johann Sebastian Bach: Life and Work." The Christian Century 12 June 2007: 34+.

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