Several of Bach’s contemporaries were equally or even more prolific, but the uniformly high quality of his output is unparalleled.
Johann Sebastian Bach, (born March 21 [March 31, New Style], 1685, Eisenach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxon Duchies [Germany]—died July 28, 1750, Leipzig), composer of the Baroque era, the most celebrated member of a large family of north German musicians.
Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist, and expert on organ building, Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time and is celebrated as the creator of the , and numerous other masterpieces of church and instrumental music.
For general background on Bach and his time, see the separate Oxford Bibliographies article Baroque Music.
An excellent starting place for Bach’s life and works is Wolff and Emery’s article in the venerable Grove Music Online. Boyd 1999, cited under Reference Works, also has entries succinctly overviewing Bach’s life and music.
The book, filled with what would otherwise be thught of as dry facts, read very easily.
Bach have been considerably revised and updated in light of research conducted since the publication of This was one of the better books I've read in musicology.The most important thing to remember about Bach is that he is a hero.The beliefs, viewpoints and opinions expressed in this hero submission on the website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, viewpoints and opinions of The MY HERO Project and its staff.Bach did a wide variety of things to make him important.Mostly he is known for his works, but Bach had a busy life of his own.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!Linked by a family tree which clarifies the genealogy of this complex family, each of the major figures is covered in a separate chapter with a review of the composer's life and works, complemented by a thorough work-list, bibliography, and index. Bach have been considerably revised and updated in light of research conducted sin Linked by a family tree which clarifies the genealogy of this complex family, each of the major figures is covered in a separate chapter with a review of the composer's life and works, complemented by a thorough work-list, bibliography, and index. Christoph Wolff has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 1976 and director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig since 2001.The secondary literature on Bach has mushroomed to gigantic proportions.The present article provides some guideposts to assist in steering interested readers through this mass of material.