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Johan Sebastian Bach
A review of the works of the composer Johan Sebastian Bach.
# 16957 | 2,619 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2003 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque)

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This paper provides a biography of the life and music of Johan Sebastian Bach, considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time and is celebrated as the creator of the "Brandenburg Concertos", "The Well-Tempered Clavier", the "Mass in B Minor", as well as numerous other masterpieces of church and instrumental music. It discusses how Bach brought together and synthesized the principle styles, forms and national traditions of his age, picking the best of each, and by bringing them together enriched them all. It provides a detail analysis of "Third Brandenburg Concerto", by looking at such issues as instrumentation, texture, framing, phrasing and mood.

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"In the Third Brandenburg Concerto, the strings act as an ensemble throughout the entire work, sometimes as a group, and at other times with one instrumental group, say the violins, are given emphasis. Throughout the entire piece, a heavy Italian influence is present. As may be guessed, the harmony is carried by the harpsichord, while the melodies are carried by the strings. In this case, the Bass and the three cello's carry the lower, heavier part of the melody while the lighter, higher part of the melody is carried by the violins and the violas. Although the harmonies are somewhat different, they work in concert. One harmony will take the lead and the other will fall back or disappear. They also work in concert with each other, playing off each other and using the other to emphasize the statement of the music."

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