WHAT MAKES BACH SO GREAT?
JO-MICHAEL SCHEIBE | USC THORNTON
STUDIERT BACH! DORT FINDET IHR ALLES.
(STUDY BACH! THERE YOU’LL FIND EVERYTHING.)
- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
What’s the story behind
Bach’s legacy? What
inﬂuenced him, and
how has he inﬂuenced
nearly every composer
in music since?
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.
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.
Counterpoint is composition
based on independent musical
lines played together.
It’s a matrix of overlapping themes,
symbols, tones; it reveals itself
gradually over successive listening.
Contrapuntal music is not always as
immediately engaging as classical or
romantic styles, it reached its highest
point of expression under Bach.
Bach has continued to
reveal himself over the
centuries as a true
master of sound.
‣Bach, "Little" Fugue (G minor, BWV 578)
‣Bach Pachabel’s Canon
‣Bach Mass in B Minor
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe | USC Thornton