Classical Tyro

A Beginner's Guide to Great Music

The Ubiquitous Bach

Presented to the
Western Institute for Lifelong Learning at WNMU
February 2016


Course Description
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed over 1100 pieces of music in every significant genre of the Baroque era. Known in his lifetime primarily as a keyboardist, his compositions were generally overlooked and forgotten for almost 80 years after he died. Today, however, his music is ubiquitous in our culture, and his importance to the development of classical music has led many to rank him as history’s greatest composer. This class examines Bach’s creative life and provides an analysis of some of his most significant works

General Information about Bach
Articles and Essays
Historically-Informed Performances
Performances by a Variety of Musicians
Bach and Jazz
Animated Graphical Scores by Stephen Malinowski
Odds and Ends

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