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Jo-Michael Scheibe on What Makes Bach So Great

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The legacy of the counterpoint master - J.S. Bach! A presentation by Jo-Michael Scheibe, USC Thornton Choral Director.

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Jo-Michael Scheibe on What Makes Bach So Great

  1. 1. WHAT MAKES BACH SO GREAT? JO-MICHAEL SCHEIBE | USC THORNTON
  2. 2. STUDIERT BACH! DORT FINDET IHR ALLES. (STUDY BACH! THERE YOU’LL FIND EVERYTHING.) - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  3. 3. What’s the story behind Bach’s legacy? What influenced him, and how has he influenced nearly every composer in music since?
  4. 4. The young Bach secured his first job as a musician at the Weimar court at seventeen years old. One year later, he moved to a post as organist at a church in Arnstadt. His career progressed through a range of church appointments where he produced some the most unusual organ and vocal music of his time.
  5. 5. His music is multi-layered and difficult; it is thus challenging to perform. Bach’s work rewards passion and involvement as the man himself would have dedicated to the music.
  6. 6. Counterpoint is composition based on independent musical lines played together. Counterpoint
  7. 7. It’s a matrix of overlapping themes, symbols, tones; it reveals itself gradually over successive listening. Counterpoint Contrapuntal music is not always as immediately engaging as classical or romantic styles, it reached its highest point of expression under Bach.
  8. 8. Bach has continued to reveal himself over the centuries as a true master of sound.
  9. 9. Listen: ‣Bach, "Little" Fugue (G minor, BWV 578) ‣Bach Pachabel’s Canon ‣Bach Mass in B Minor
  10. 10. Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe | USC Thornton @JMScheibe JoMichaelScheibe.org

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