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    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eisenach, Germany. He was one of the most influential composers of all time, and a groundbreaking composer of the Baroque era. His effortless unification of technical mastery and heavenly beauty has made him one of the most preeminent sources of inspiration for many of the important composers who came after him.

    Unlike the sober image his portrait presents, Bach was a very passionate man. He fathered seven children with his first wife, Maria Barbara Bach, and when she passed away, he went on to have 13 more children with his second wife, Anna Magdalena Wilcke. Bach’s passion for music also knew no bounds and he even travelled 300km on foot to watch the most famous organist of his time, Dietrich Buxtehude, perform. In line with his passionate nature, Bach once had a sword fight in the street with a bassoonist who called him a “dirty dog” in retaliation after Bach called him a “nanny-goat bassoonist” during a rehearsal.

    Though it may be hard to believe, Bach’s music was forgotten for around 50 years after his death, until Felix Mendelssohn led a revival of his music. However, his many employers throughout his lifetime recognised his worth to the point that one of them even jailed him for four weeks to prevent him from applying for another job. Fortunately, not even jail could contain Bach and he managed to change jobs five times through the course of his life, working for churches and royal courts.

    Bach composed over one thousand pieces of music and still managed to juggle many responsibilities alongside his prolific composing career. His typical day would include teaching, conducting the church choir and orchestra, tuning his own keyboard instruments and more, all the while managing to revolutionise the face of classical music. 

    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim is the music director and principal conductor of the klpac String Orchestra. A seasoned orchestral violinist, she has led and played solo with numerous orchestras and plays regularly with various chamber groups. Andrea graduated with first class honours on a full scholarship from UCSI University’s Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) degree.
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