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Johann Sebastian Bach

Jeremy Siepmann

Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his twenty children. For the last twenty-seven years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written. This portrait-in-sound includes many examples of the music that made him immortal. With compelling narration by Jeremy Siepmann, character portrayals by acclaimed actors, and the interpolation of over twenty-five substantial musical extracts reflecting the development of one of music’s most enduringly awe-inspiring composers, we are transported back three centuries straight into the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. This innovative sense of immediacy is at the heart of this comprehensive audio-biography, depicting the life of a composer whose music is universally admired.

Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his twenty children. For the last twenty-seven years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written. This portrait-in-sound includes many examples of the music that made him immortal. With compelling narration by Jeremy Siepmann, character portrayals by acclaimed actors, and the interpolation of over twenty-five substantial musical extracts reflecting the development of one of music’s most enduringly awe-inspiring composers, we are transported back three centuries straight into the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. This innovative sense of immediacy is at the heart of this comprehensive audio-biography, depicting the life of a composer whose music is universally admired.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his twenty children. For the last twenty-seven years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written. This portrait-in-sound includes many examples of the music that made him immortal. With compelling narration by Jeremy Siepmann, character portrayals by acclaimed actors, and the interpolation of over twenty-five substantial musical extracts reflecting the development of one of music’s most enduringly awe-inspiring composers, we are transported back three centuries straight into the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. This innovative sense of immediacy is at the heart of this comprehensive audio-biography, depicting the life of a composer whose music is universally admired.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Shrapnel, David Timson, Ruth Sillers, Trevor Nichols

Length:

4h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

15:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:23