Life and Works of Johann Sebastian Bach

6/7/2011 - 7/26/2011
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This course will explore the hallmark of Bach’s achievement: the unique  marriage of consummate craftsmanship and intense spirituality. We will  examine the depth and complexity of the preludes, fugues, and suites for  keyboard, the Brandenburg concerti, and his sacred masterpieces, the  Mass in B Minor and the St. Matthew Passion. We will discuss his  phenomenal virtuosity, the sometimes surprising duties of a  Kapellmeister, and his often contentious relationship with his  contemporaries among the nobility and clergy. Finally, we will consider  the impact of his tremendous legacy on subsequent composers in the  classical and Romantic eras.

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