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What type of music did Johann Sebastian Bach write?


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January 29, 2010 8:37PM

Bach wrote during the period called the Baroque. Bach was writing at the end of this period, and even during his lifetime tastes were shifting to what would be called the Rococo. His music is extremely varied and some consider him to be the greatest composer of all time. He wrote music for several solo instruments including cello, organ, harpsichord and clavichord. The Well Tempered Clavichord and The Goldberg Variations are two of the better known of several collections of brilliant keyboard music. He wrote a large amount of church music including a famous collection of cantatas. He wrote orchestral pieces and concertos including the well known Brandenberg Concertos. His contributions to and influence on organ music are immense.

Baroque music is characterized by a more cerebral and analytical approach, including the creation of rich and complex fugue structures that can contain complex and multi-layered harmonies.