Bach vs. Handel essay

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Comparison essay of lives and music of Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel are two German very well-known composers of the Baroque musical era. They are two of the most influential composers of their time and their music is still popular and famous nowadays. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685. He came from a long line of musicians, with many of his relatives being musicians. Bach was trained to be a musician from the time he was a young child. At fifteen he left his brother's home and moved to another town, where he played the violin and organ to support himself in school. When he was eighteen, he became the organist for a church not far outside of his hometown. He left this church at twenty-three and married his cousin Barbara. In 1708, Bach became a court organist in Weimar. He stayed for nine years, but left when he was passed over for promotion. Bach obviously had annoyed the duke of Weimar, so he was put in jail for a month. Bach soon became the court conductor for the prince of Cothen. From 1717 to 1723, Bach continued to compose music for this small orchestra. In 1723, Bach became the director of music for St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1750, when he was already completely blind, Bach died. He led a life of controversy as well as supremacy in music. After his death, he was not very well known throughout the world at the time. Before I continue with Bach’s music works, I would like to continue with the other great composer who was a part and contribute for the development of the Baroque music style- George Frederic Handel. He was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany. His parents did not want him to be a composer, but because his musical talent was so developed in his early years, his parents consented for

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