The Musical Journeys of Johann Sebastian Bach - Smithsonian Associates

Tuesday, February 16 @ 12PM 

Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, ca. 1746, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (Museum of City History, Leipzig)

Though this giant of Baroque music never left Germany and seldom traveled within it except by foot with a pack on his back, he mastered the Italian and French orchestral styles as clearly as he put an indelible stamp on the church music of his native land.

traces Bach’s artistic journeys as he explores the composer’s magnificent musical achievements. Lectures are highlighted by superb music recordings.

Bach’s childhood and the years of apprenticeship. His journey to Lubeck where he met the aging master Dietrich Buxtehude. Recorded selections:

Bach produced most of his organ masterworks: preludes, fugues and toccatas, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor. Contributions to the choral repertoire, including cantatas No. 4

Bach produced weekly cantatas for church services, as well as works for special occasions, including the

In his later years in Leipzig, Bach produced two of the greatest monuments of Christianity in music: the setting in German of the

In his final years he continued producing work for the church. There was also a revival in an interest in more abstract forms, including