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)


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From German Bach. The surname was brought to the Anglo-Saxon world by immigrants from Germany, Denmark, etc.


  • 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_.

    Musical Memories

  • BACH DANCING AND DYNAMITE SOCIETY features "art installations and conversations with the audience" in its performance of chamber music (Martinu, Rorem, Brahms, Bach).

    Chicago Reader

  • Siebert has programmed the Bach Festival to progress from what she calls Bach's "earliest and easiest" works to his final, complex masterpieces. Front Page

  • 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.

    Five People Born on May 7th | myFiveBest

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • See the 2nd Circuit, for example, in Bach v. Pataki (which is the precedent used by Sotomayor in the Maloney case).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Diane Wood on the Second Amendment

  • 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."

    Review: Helsinki Baroque Orchestra at Library of Congress

  • Badminton player Howard Bach is hoping to earn a spot on his second U.S. Olympic team.

    Q&A with Olympic badminton hopeful Howard Bach


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