Similarities and difference between Bach and Handel

Music of the Baroque
era.
By: Stephanie Mitschele Important information
involving the Music of this
period! The Attention to detail…

Detail
Emotion
Dynamic
Melody and
Harmony Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750 Early Life: Family
Born March 21, 1685
? Eisenach Germany
? Family= musicians
? Fairly large house
? 8 years old: Old Latin
Grammar School
? St. Georgenkirche
chorus
? He had “an
uncommonly fine
treble voice”

The loss of his family
members…
Due to: poor
sanitation
? Early age: sister
and brother die
? Age 9: lost mother
? 9 months later:
lost father
? Taken into his
brother Johann
Jakob’s home in
Ohrdruf Germany.

Bach’s new life in
Ohrdruf
Johann Christoph=
well known
organist and
taught Bach piano,
organ, and
harpsichord.
? Joined the choir at
Michaelis
monastery at
Luneburg

Luneburg
Bach and his friend
are accepted into the
choir here
? Mattenchor
? Lost his soprano voice
? Played Violin in the
Orchestra and
harpsichord during
rehearsals.
? Becomes very
interested in the
organ.

Bach’s style changes
Played violin in the
orchestra of the small
chamber orchestra of
Duke Johann Ernst.
? The Organ at Arnstadt
was finished
? Changed style: took
after the famous
organist Dietrich
Buxtehude.
? Bach left Arnstadt

Life filled with music.
October 17th 1707:
married his cousin
Maria Barbara
? Improved church
music of Germany
? Cothen: life centered
around music
? 1717-1723: Chamber
music; violin
concertos, sonatas,
and piano music.

Capellmeister
Capellmeister=
Highest rank of
musician, in his
era.
? Went on tour with
the prince.
? Maria died leaving
him and his 4
children they had
together.

Marriage and a familyPerformed
cantatas for the
Prince
? Anna Magdalena
? Got married: had
13 children
? Wanted to move

Continuing his passion for
music
May 22, 1723:
Moved to Leipzig
?…

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