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10 things you didn’t
know about…
Bach
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	 In 1717, JS Bach
resigned as the Duke of
Weimar’s Konzertmeister.
Furious, the Duke threw ...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
In 1705, while working in
Arnstadt, Bach went AWOL,
walking the round trip of
250 miles to L...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
That wasn’t only time Bach got
into trouble in Arnstadt.
On suggesting that the
church
orche...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
Bach died in 1750 just
a few months after
disastrous eye surgery
by John Taylor.
Taylor was ...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
Bach’s 48 Preludes
and Fugues were
the first time a
composer had
explored all 24 keys,
major...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
The ‘48’ were only
possible thanks to a new
system of tuning that
allowed all the keys to
so...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
It’s thought that, on his death, Bach
gave many of his manuscripts to his
son, WF Bach, who ...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
	 A recent theory has
suggested that Bach’s
Cello Suites were, in fact,
written by his wife,...
The famous Toccata
and Fugue in D minor
by JS Bach isn’t
actually by JS Bach.
No one knows the
actual composer,
but it’s t...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
Bach clearly thought
everyone else could be as
fine an organist as he was. ‘All
you have to ...
www.colstonhall.org/classical
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10 things you didnt know about JS Bach

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10 things you didn’t know about… JS Bach

- In 1717, JS Bach resigned as the Duke of Weimar’s Konzertmeister. Furious, the Duke threw him into jail for four weeks.
- In 1705, while working in Arnstadt, Bach went AWOL, walking the round trip of 250 miles to Lübeck to see and hear his organist hero, Dieterich Buxtehude.
- That wasn’t only time Bach got into trouble in Arnstadt. On suggesting that the church orchestra’s bassoonist sounded like a ‘nanny-goat’, the musician in question confronted Bach in the town square and hit him with a stick.
- Bach died in 1750 just a few months after disastrous eye surgery by John Taylor. Taylor was also responsible for Handel’s blindness in later life.
- Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues were the first time a composer had explored all 24 keys, major and minor. There are 48 because Bach did it twice, in two volumes.
- The ‘48’ were only possible thanks to a new system of tuning that allowed all the keys to sound agreeable on a keyboard.
- It’s thought that, on his death, Bach gave many of his manuscripts to his son, WF Bach, who promptly sold many of them to pay off debts.
- A recent theory has suggested that Bach’s Cello Suites were, in fact, written by his wife, Anna Magdalena.
- The famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by JS Bach isn’t actually by JS Bach. No one knows the actual composer, but it’s thought it may have originated as a solo violin work.
- Bach clearly thought everyone else could be as fine an organist as he was. ‘All you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself’, he’s rumoured to have said.

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10 things you didnt know about JS Bach

  1. 1. www.colstonhall.org/classical 10 things you didn’t know about… Bach
  2. 2. www.colstonhall.org/classical In 1717, JS Bach resigned as the Duke of Weimar’s Konzertmeister. Furious, the Duke threw him into jail for four weeks.
  3. 3. www.colstonhall.org/classical In 1705, while working in Arnstadt, Bach went AWOL, walking the round trip of 250 miles to Lübeck to see and hear his organist hero, Dieterich Buxtehude.
  4. 4. www.colstonhall.org/classical That wasn’t only time Bach got into trouble in Arnstadt. On suggesting that the church orchestra’s bassoonist sounded like a ‘nanny- goat’, the musician in question confronted Bach in the town square and hit him with a stick.
  5. 5. www.colstonhall.org/classical Bach died in 1750 just a few months after disastrous eye surgery by John Taylor. Taylor was also responsible for Handel’s blindness in later life.
  6. 6. www.colstonhall.org/classical Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues were the first time a composer had explored all 24 keys, major and minor. There are 48 because Bach did it twice, in two volumes.
  7. 7. www.colstonhall.org/classical The ‘48’ were only possible thanks to a new system of tuning that allowed all the keys to sound agreeable on a keyboard.
  8. 8. www.colstonhall.org/classical It’s thought that, on his death, Bach gave many of his manuscripts to his son, WF Bach, who promptly sold many of them to pay off debts.
  9. 9. www.colstonhall.org/classical A recent theory has suggested that Bach’s Cello Suites were, in fact, written by his wife, Anna Magdalena.
  10. 10. The famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by JS Bach isn’t actually by JS Bach. No one knows the actual composer, but it’s thought it may have originated as a solo violin work. www.colstonhall.org/classical
  11. 11. www.colstonhall.org/classical Bach clearly thought everyone else could be as fine an organist as he was. ‘All you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself’, he’s rumoured to have said
  12. 12. www.colstonhall.org/classical For more great classical content: www.colstonhall.org/classical

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