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Johann Sebastian Bach

1685 - 1750

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Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the late Baroque period. He is known for his orchestral music such as the Brandenburg Concertos; instrumental compositions such as the Cello Suites; keyboard works such as the Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier; organ works such as the Schubler Chorales and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor; and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.The Bach family already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in Eisenach. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Sebastian Bach has received more than 11,109,561 page views. His biography is available in 204 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 181 in 2019). Johann Sebastian Bach is the 3rd most popular composer, the 3rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 2nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Composer.

Johann Sebastian Bach is most famous for his compositions, such as the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, and the St. Matthew Passion.

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Among composers, Johann Sebastian Bach ranks 3 out of 1,216Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After him are Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Richard Wagner, George Frideric Handel, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Johannes Brahms.

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Among people born in 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach ranks 1After him are George Frideric Handel, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, George Berkeley, Domenico Scarlatti, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Brook Taylor, Johann Maria Farina, Jean-Marc Nattier, Edward England, John Gay, and Bartolomeu de Gusmão. Among people deceased in 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach ranks 1After him are Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, John V of Portugal, Maurice de Saxe, Emperor Sakuramachi, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Rachel Ruysch, Vasily Tatishchev, Apostolo Zeno, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Giuseppe Sammartini, and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johann Sebastian Bach ranks 3 out of 6,142Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770) and Albert Einstein (1879). After him are Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), Charlemagne (748), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Otto von Bismarck (1815).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Johann Sebastian Bach ranks 2Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770). After him are Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), Johannes Brahms (1833), Robert Schumann (1810), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), and Carl Orff (1895).