History Creator / JohannSebastianBach

13th May '17 12:44:21 PM Jeduthun
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* ''Music/{{PDQ Bach}}'' owns his artist's name to Bach.

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* ''Music/{{PDQ Bach}}'' owns his artist's name to Bach. [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis The story goes]] that P.D.Q. was the 21st and least well-regarded of Bach's 20 children, disowned by the Bach family because his music was too stupid.
5th May '17 12:04:09 PM CrimsonZephyr
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** ''The Art of Fugue'' is literally this trope, taking a single subject and crafting fourteen fugues and four canons from it to show the contrapuntal possibilities that could be made from a theme.

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** ''The Art of Fugue'' is literally this trope, taking a single simple subject and crafting fourteen fugues and four canons from it it, in increasing complexity, to show the contrapuntal possibilities that could be made arise from a single theme.
5th May '17 12:01:56 PM CrimsonZephyr
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* MundaneMadeAwesome and MustHaveCaffeine: ''Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht'', AKA "The Coffee Cantata", where the entire plot is driven by coffee.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome and MustHaveCaffeine: MustHaveCaffeine:
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''Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht'', AKA "The Coffee Cantata", where the entire plot is driven by coffee.coffee.
** ''The Art of Fugue'' is literally this trope, taking a single subject and crafting fourteen fugues and four canons from it to show the contrapuntal possibilities that could be made from a theme.
20th Feb '17 1:29:10 AM bt8257
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* ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'', BWV 565, the opening of which has become a StandardSnippet for OminousPipeOrgan moments. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXoyr_FyFw Here]]'s the whole thing played on the most awesome pipe organ in Australia.[[note]]However, there has been some debate as to whether he wrote the piece at all; it contains a number of stylistic anachronisms which suggest it may have been written after 1750. Another school of thought holds that it may have been originally written for violin (possibly by Bach but likely by another unknown composer), and then transcribed to organ by Bach.[[/note]]

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* ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'', BWV 565, the opening of which has become a StandardSnippet for OminousPipeOrgan moments. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXoyr_FyFw Here]]'s the whole thing played on the most awesome pipe organ in Australia.[[note]]However, there has been some debate as to whether he wrote the piece at all; it contains has a number of stylistic anachronisms which that suggest it may have been written after 1750. Another school of thought holds that it may have been originally written for violin (possibly by Bach but likely by another unknown composer), and then transcribed to organ by Bach.[[/note]]
7th Feb '17 12:42:30 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'' features both "Air" and a LonelyPianoPiece version of "Jesu, The Joy Of Man's Desiring" in its soundtrack. "Air" is even one of the titles for the first half of the film.
25th Jan '17 8:32:02 PM Sitearm
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* The ''Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello'' are some of the most widely known cello pieces ever. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E prelude to the first suite]] is the best known from them. Pretty good considering there isn't even an original copy.

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* The ''Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello'' are some of the most widely known cello pieces ever. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E [[https://youtu.be/mGQLXRTl3Z0?t=9 prelude to the first suite]] is the best known from them. Pretty good considering there isn't even an original copy.
13th Aug '16 1:14:37 PM nombretomado
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[[DichterAndDenker German composer and virtuoso organist]] (21 March 1685 28 July 1750) whose works represent the culmination of the Baroque era and whose death is generally considered to mark the point of transition into the Classical era. Bach, [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]], and [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] are seen as the three main contenders for "Most Sublime Music in Western History," and not without reason.

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[[DichterAndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German composer and virtuoso organist]] (21 March 1685 28 July 1750) whose works represent the culmination of the Baroque era and whose death is generally considered to mark the point of transition into the Classical era. Bach, [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]], and [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] are seen as the three main contenders for "Most Sublime Music in Western History," and not without reason.
4th Aug '16 1:24:54 PM scionofgrace
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* TheAce: UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat gave Bach a tricky chromatic theme and challenged him to [[ImpossibleTask improvise a fugue on it]]. Bach obliged. Frederick asked if Bach could [[MovingTheGoalposts improvise a three-part fugue]] using the same theme, knowing that Bach probably couldn't. Bach did. Frederick asked if he could [[WithThisHerring improvise a six-part fugue]] on the theme. Bach replied, in effect, "Leave it with me", and after tweaking the theme to make it easier to work with, wrote exactly that and sent it to Frederick, along with a bunch of other pieces based on the same theme. The collection is known as the ''Musical Offering'' and it's regarded as one of Bach's greatest achievements.



* ChristmasSongs: The ''Christmas Oratorio'' and several cantatas intended for Christmas Day; "Jesu. Joy of Man's Desiring" is sometimes used like this.

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* ChristmasSongs: The ''Christmas Oratorio'' and several cantatas intended for Christmas Day; "Jesu. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is sometimes used like this.



* DawnOfAnEra: 1685, the year J.S. Bach was born, is widely held to be the year when Tonality in music (as we know it today) was greatly contributed to by Archangelo Corelli. 1750, the year J.S. Bach died, is widely held to be the year when the Baroque period in music history ended and the Classical period began.

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* DawnOfAnEra: 1685, the year J.S. Bach was born, is widely held to be the year when Tonality tonality in music (as we know it today) was greatly contributed found its footing, thanks to by Archangelo Corelli. 1750, the year J.S. Bach died, is widely held to be the year when the Baroque period in music history ended and the Classical period began.



** It turns out quite a few of Bach's organ fugues end this way. Apparently, Bach ''loves'' using the Picardy third.

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** It turns out quite Quite a few of Bach's organ fugues end this way. Apparently, Bach ''loves'' ''loved'' using the Picardy third.



* MasterOfYourDomain: UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat gave Bach a tricky chromatic theme and challenged him to [[ImpossibleTask improvise a fugue on it]]. Bach obliged. Frederick asked if Bach could [[MovingTheGoalposts improvise a three-part fugue]] using the same theme, knowing that Bach probably couldn't. Bach did. Frederick asked if he could [[WithThisHerring improvise a six-part fugue]] on the theme. Bach replied, in effect, "Leave it with me", and after tweaking the theme to make it easier to work with, wrote exactly that and sent it to Frederick, along with a bunch of other pieces based on the same theme. The collection is known as the ''Musical Offering'' and it's regarded as one of Bach's greatest achievements. Bach's skill at improvising must have approached EnlightenmentSuperpowers.
** This goes a step even further. This piece was for the relatively new instrument known as the fortepiano, the direct precursor to the modern grand. The fortepiano had only been created forty-seven years earlier, and was still getting the kinks worked out of it at the time. He basically improvised this piece, often regarded the most important pieces ever written for the piano, and one of the first. To repeat: he improvised this whole collection of compositions around an instrument that was still in its infancy. There have been many piano masterpieces, but this was one of the very first. And Bach improvised it off a theme given to him by Frederick the Great.
* MundaneMadeAwesome and MustHaveCaffeine: ''Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht'', AKA "The Coffee Cantata", which comments on the problem of coffee addiction, is the UrExample.

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* MasterOfYourDomain: UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat gave Bach a tricky chromatic theme and challenged him to [[ImpossibleTask improvise a fugue on it]]. Bach obliged. Frederick asked if Bach could [[MovingTheGoalposts improvise a three-part fugue]] using the same theme, knowing that Bach probably couldn't. Bach did. Frederick asked if he could [[WithThisHerring improvise a six-part fugue]] on the theme. Bach replied, in effect, "Leave it with me", and after tweaking the theme to make it easier to work with, wrote exactly that and sent it to Frederick, along with a bunch of other pieces based on the same theme. The collection is known as the ''Musical Offering'' and it's regarded as one of Bach's greatest achievements. Bach's skill at improvising must have approached EnlightenmentSuperpowers.
** This goes a step even further. This piece was for the relatively new instrument known as the fortepiano, the direct precursor to the modern grand. The fortepiano had only been created forty-seven years earlier, and was still getting the kinks worked out of it at the time. He basically improvised this piece, often regarded the most important pieces ever written for the piano, and one of the first. To repeat: he improvised this whole collection of compositions around an instrument that was still in its infancy. There have been many piano masterpieces, but this was one of the very first. And Bach improvised it off a theme given to him by Frederick the Great.
* MundaneMadeAwesome and MustHaveCaffeine: ''Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht'', AKA "The Coffee Cantata", which comments on where the problem of coffee addiction, entire plot is the UrExample.driven by coffee.



* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Name any great composer of ClassicalMusic. Odds are all but absolutely certain that, at some point in their education, they studied from and imitated the works of J.S. Bach. Bach's fugues and chorales in particular are still required studying in most music conservatories to this day.

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* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Name any great composer of ClassicalMusic. Odds are all but absolutely certain that, at some point in their education, they studied from and imitated the works of J.S. Bach. Bach's fugues and chorales in particular are still required studying in most music conservatories to this day.
13th Apr '16 8:41:06 AM 06tele
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* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: At least two recordings of the Third ''Brandenburg Concerto'' supposedly consist of the "First and Second" movements. As most fans know, Bach only wrote First and Third movements (and a placeholder cadenza to stand in for the Second; it is believed that the musicians were supposed to improvise something leading up to it), and the Third Movement is definitely in the style of a Third, not a Second. No prizes for guessing what the so-called "Second Movement" in these recordings actually is.
13th Apr '16 8:40:16 AM 06tele
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* ActorInspiredElement: Bach tended to work with the same musicians a lot because they, like him, had the same employers, and you can tell which ones he especially admired, because a cantata will show up with e.g. a juicy trombone part. He wrote some of the most florid and difficult trumpet parts of the era, chiefly because he enjoyed for many years the services of one Gottfried Reiche, perhaps the greatest virtuoso practitioner of the natural trumpet. And he loved incorporating unusual and novel instruments into his works, such as the ''oboe da caccia,'' a tenor oboe made of metal and curved in the shape of a hunting horn.



* DescendedCreator: The first movement of the fifth ''Brandenburg Concerto'' turns into a lengthy and highly virtuosic solo for the harpsichord, which would have been played by Bach himself.
* GenreAdultery: J.S. Bach, the composer most associated with sacred music, writes a mini-drama in cantata form about a sassy girl addicted to coffee.
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