from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Bach, Johann Sebastian 1685-1750. German composer and organist of the late baroque period. Among the greatest composers in history, he wrote more than 200 cantatas, the Saint Matthew Passion (1729), the Mass in B minor (1733-1738), orchestral works such as the six Brandenburg Concertos, and numerous works for organ, harpsichord, other solo instruments, and chamber ensembles. Four of his children became noted musicians: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784); Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), an important figure in the development of the symphony; Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795); and Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782).
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- proper n. A surname of English-speakers.
- proper n. Johann Sebastian Bach, a German organist and composer
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- v. lead a bachelor's existence
- n. the music of Bach
- n. German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
Sebastian Bach and Handel will be the only ones in existence in their pristine purity of form, thanks to the admirable editions of the _Bach und Händel Gesselschaft_.
BACH DANCING AND DYNAMITE SOCIETY features "art installations and conversations with the audience" in its performance of chamber music (Martinu, Rorem, Brahms, Bach).
Siebert has programmed the Bach Festival to progress from what she calls Bach's "earliest and easiest" works to his final, complex masterpieces.
He was a master of counterpoint, the complex and highly disciplined method of composition for which Bach is famous, and also of development, a compositional ethos pioneered by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
The last time I saw him perform was at Tanglewood, where he played the keyboard part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 (on a modern piano, a cheeky old-school move) with, among others, James Galway.
The problem with comparing Handel and Bach is that, while Handel is a flashy composer, the thing he does better than Bach is something distinctly non-flashy: mixed emotions.
See the 2nd Circuit, for example, in Bach v. Pataki (which is the precedent used by Sotomayor in the Maloney case).
But this vid of drawings of the cosmos over an old recording of Bach is quite lovely.
The other gamba player, Varpu Haavisto, had a stronger melodic presence in Bach's aria "Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt."
Badminton player Howard Bach is hoping to earn a spot on his second U.S. Olympic team.