In Bach’s era, the pipe organ was one of the world’s most technologically advanced instruments.
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The famous composer certainly didn’t have haunted houses in mind when he wrote the piece.
South African born pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
A new recording of South African composer Arnold van Wyk’s complete solo piano music explores new perspectives.
The power of the Easter story gave birth to the most beautiful music of the Christian calendar.
Road to nowhere?
Sergio Delle Vedove
Divine inspiration was at the centre of music for thousands of years – until post-war conservatoires got other ideas.
Johann Sebastian Bach was 30 when he became head of music in Anhalt-Cöthen, in what is now Germany. Here he started an uncharted experiment in classical music: solo works for string instruments.
Martin Luther has always given the country a chance to examine itself. Half a millennium on, the picture is more complex than ever.
Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.