BACH Johann Sebastian (B-4)

31/03/1685, Eisenach, Germany – 28/07/1750, Leipzig, Germany

German composer of the Baroque era. Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist and church organist, Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time and is celebrated as the creator of the Brandenburg Concertos, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, and numerous other masterpieces of church and instrumental music.  Bach's use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style -- which often included religious and numerological symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a profound puzzle of special codes -- still amaze musicians today. Many consider him the greatest composer of all time.

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