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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Born: 31st March 1685, Eisenach

Died: 28th July 1750, Leipzig

Nationality: German

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the late Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Cello Suites and Brandenburg Concertos; keyboard works such as the Goldberg Variations, The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor; and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival, he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.

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Recording of the Week, A new Bach cantata project from Les Arts Florissants

Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants kick off a new project aimed at retracing the steps of Bach's life - focusing on his early work in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen, still barely out of his teens.

Interview, Rachel Podger and Chad Kelly on reimagining Bach's Goldberg Variations

The violinist and composer share their thoughts on adapting Bach's immortal set of keyboard variations for Baroque instrumental ensemble.

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