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Hey Kids, Meet Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (Baptized 1685-1750) German Baroque Era Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach's father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing.

In 1707, Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. They had seven children. In 1720 Maria died, and Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcke in 1721. Bach had 13 more children with Anna Magdalena. He was a father to 20 children in all.

In 1723, Bach became the cantor, organist, and music composer for St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Leipzig, Germany. Bach remained there for the rest of his life.

Some of Bach's most famous works include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Well-Tempered Clavier, and the celebrated organ work Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Johann Sebastian Bach died in 1750. Bach was not appreciated during his lifetime and was considered an "old-fashioned" composer. Today, Bach is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all time. In fact, he is now such an important composer that the year of his death is a defining point in music history. It marks the end of the Baroque Era.


Watch a Video

Watch a performance of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for organ.




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Piano Books

Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4


Sheet Music

Minuet in G for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Aria from Suite in D for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
May the Sheep Freely Graze for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (1) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (2) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Siciliano for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo


Worksheets

Johann Sebastian Bach | Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Johann Sebastian Bach Multiplication Connect-the-Dot
Johann Sebastian Bach Coloring Page


Lesson Plans

Johann Sebastian Bach | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans