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The Genius of J. S. Bach

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The Genius of J. S. Bach

<p>The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet

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The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. This study day examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. No musical knowledge is necessary.

  • Session 1
    • Introduction
    • What do we think of when we think of Bach?
    • Bach’s Place in History
    • Bach’s Musical Style
    • Historical and Social Background: The Baroque Period
    • Keyboard instruments in the Baroque period: harpsichord, spinet, clavichord, organ
  • Session 2
    • Listening to polyphonic music
    • The Early Years (1685-1708)
    • Weimar (1708-1717)
    • Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Session 3
    • Köthen (1717-1723)
    • The Well-Tempered Clavier
    • The Brandenburg Concertos
    • The Violin Concertos
    • The Cello Suites
  • Session 4
    • Leipzig (1723-1750)
    • The Anna Magdalena Notebook
    • Bach’s Cantatas
    • The St Matthew and St John Passions
    • The Mass in B Minor
    • The Coffee Cantata
    • A Musical Offering
    • The Goldberg Variations
    • The Art of Fugue


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe elements of Bach’s musical style
  2. Describe the main periods of Bach’s career
  3. List some of Bach’s major works, and describe their place in his musical output