The Bach Family

Ref: C3128957

The family of Johann Sebastian Bach was musically active for seven generations, of which his was the fifth. Over ten weeks we will explore the rich musical heritage of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and four of his sons whose position in the history of music is important. The music will range from sacred and secular cantatas, the Passions, orchestral and instrumental music (violin cello, organ and harpsichord). Bach’s skills as a performer and improviser were famous across mainland Europe enabling him to hold a succession of important positions both at ducal courts and as church organist and choirmaster. The importance of his music is still reflected in the continued performance of his music both by modern-day forces and also in "authentic" versions.

Course aim

Over ten weeks we will explore the rich musical heritage of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and four of his sons whose position in the history of music is important.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Begin to appreciate the scale of Bach's achievements - especially in the cycles of cantatas for the church's year. Know how many Passions he composed.
  • Be able to name at least one piece featuring an orchestra, keyboard instrument and a solo string instrument.
  • Be able to distinguish between different interpretations of his music and some of the issues around "authentic" performances.
  • Be able to name the important nineteenth figures who stimulated the Bach revival.
  • Name three influential modern interpreters/performers of Bach's music.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All materials will be provided. Students with access to the internet will be able to view the materials via Canvas. Suggestions for further listening and follow-up reading will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Bach Family

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Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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