I started this blog going in one direction with music, but now it has taken a turn towards music appreciation and that is the direction I want it go. I really enjoy learning about the different styles of music the different eras and the composers.
I really want you to take this journey with me and share it. If you have kids that are into music or just starting music lessons, let them enjoy the learning process of music appreciation.
I want to start with the Baroque Era of Music. This era was from 1600 – 1750. There are four famous composers of that era and I want to discuss a little bit about all four. I will provide their most famous pieces of music. I will play some of the pieces, my students will also play a few and the others will be provided by orchestra recordings.
Let’s get started with:
What is the Baroque Era of Music? Baroque music is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. This era followed the Renaissance, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque” comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning misshapen pearl, a negative description of the ornate and heavily ornamented music of this period.
Our first composer on our tour is Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach’s father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing.
To learn more about Bach – click here
This is my favorite Bach piece:
One of Bach’s most famous pieces, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is often heard at weddings.
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Click here for the piano solo.
- Listen to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Click here for the piano solo.
- Listen to Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
- Minuet in G – Click here for the piano solo.
- Minuet in G – Click here for the guitar solo.
- Listen to Minuet in G
Johann Sebastian Bach coloring page, not just for kids!
Bach wrote many beautiful pieces. I hope that you enjoy his music and will take time to listen to more of his pieces.
Do you have a favorite piece by Bach?