Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, on March 21, 1685. He came from an extraordinarily musical family: members of all four of the preceding generations in the paternal line had been musicians -- as were 3 brothers, 2 uncles, 3 cousins, 7 nephews, and 14 second cousins (6 of his grandfather's brothers' sons and 8 of their sons). His mother and father both died when he was nine. He was taken in by his older brother, Johann Christoph, and at 15 went to study music at the Michaeliskirche Particularschule in Luneburg. In 1703 he was appointed organist for the Neukirche (Bonifaciuskirche) in Arnstadt. Three years later he was called before the Consistorium of the church and reprimanded by the Superintendant, Johann Christoph Olearius:

Bach's talent was taken the wrong way at first:

 "Complaints have been made to the Consistorium that you now accompany the hymns with surprising variations and irrelevant ornaments, which obliterate the melody and confuse the congregation. If you desire to introduce a theme against the melody, you must go on with it and not immediately fly off to another. And in no circumstances must you introduce a tonus contrarius." [quoted in Terry, p. 70]

 Never considered himself a genius:

Bach did not consider himself a genius. The sad truth is that many times we can not recognize someone as a genius unless he first applies for the position --or has some champion who does so for him. . . . The poignancy of the situation is not in Bach's suffering (of which there is little evidence) but in the strange, inscrutable, amazing fact that, in his lifetime, he and his music had no such champion.

Friends knew he was a special:

The following "Letter from an Able Musikant Abroad", dated May 14, 1737, written by the eminent theoretician Johann Adolph Scheibe and included in his Critischer Musikus, is an example of how some contemporaries felt about Bach:

 "He <Bach> is an extraordinary artist on the clavier and on the organ, . . . I have heard this great man play on various occasions. One is amazed at his ability and one can hardly conceive how it is possible for him to achieve such agility, with his fingers and with his feet, in the crossings, extensions, and extreme jumps that he manages, without mixing in a single wrong tone, or displacing his body by any violent movement.

Featured music BWV 1006:

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Bach. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form movements.
The set was completed by 1720, but was only published in 1802 by Nicolaus Simrock in Bonn. Even after publication, it was largely ignored until the celebrated violinist Josef Joachim started performing these works. Today, Bach's Sonatas and Partitas are an essential part of the violin repertoire, and they are frequently performed and recorded.

Musical structure of BWV 1006

The sonatas each consist of four movements, in the typical slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of the sonata da chiesa. The first two movements are coupled in a form of prelude and fugue. The third (slow) movement is lyrical, while the final movement shares the similar musical structure as a typical binary suite movement. Unlike the sonatas, the partitas are of more unorthodox design. Although still making use of the usual baroque style of allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue, with some omissions and the addition of galanteries, new elements were introduced into each partita to provide variety.




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