What on earth are FAQs, you might ask yourself if you were "underway" in the navigation and curiously clicked here on this page. I ask everyone else to skip this paragraph and scroll to the next but one. FAQ are "Frequently Asked Questions", questions that are asked again and again. Just FAQ . Sometimes you can find the answers in German media also under "Q + A", which is also relatively English and means "Questions and Answers". FAQs regarding Johann Sebastian Bach today are mostly asked by kids or students and also typed into Google and aim at the fact that this one question about Johann Sebastian Bach has already been formulated exactly in a certain word choice – also as a complete sentence today – and Google now deals with it or deals with it. And that is in the hope of offering the perfect answer to precisely this question.
FAQs. And how nice it is when you have such FAQs – in our case regarding Johann Sebastian Bach – and you find exactly the right answer without a long search. This chapter ... the FAQs serves this purpose. FAQs, just about Johann Sebastian Bach. Until March 2015, that were exactly 100 FAQs. But starting March 2015 something very special will happen on the topic FAQ on the portal "Bach about Bach". The author – my husband – comes up with such questions himself, even very, very rare ones. And he then formulates the appropriate answer. The goal? One distant day, to actually provide exactly the right answer to any Bach topic imaginable to an FAQ that is also less frequently asked. As a question and also as an answer. Let's see if this also works.
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How many children did Johann Sebastian Bach have? Or better: How many children did Johann Sebastian Bach have in total? These are two of the most frequently asked questions about the composer's life ... on the internet. But of course they are not the only questions. Above you can see the family of Johann Sebastian Bach in a picture painted by Tobi E. Rosenthal. The link here takes you to more than 100 FAQs.
To list all 100+ FAQs here again, and, in addition, to describe all 100 answers to all FAQs about Johann Sebastian Bach here in individual chapters would certainly be a huge and senseless effort, because they already exist. On a different website, which is similar in style to this one. It is called – as already mentioned above – "Bach on Bach". And there they are: 100 FAQs and 100 answers. The first positions beyond number the number 100 are already there and more will be added in irregular intervals. Read more? Or would you like to get to the more than 100 FAQs on "Bach on Bach"?
Also, one of the most often FAQs about Johann Sebastian Bach: Where exactly in Eisenach was he born? The answer: near the Bachhaus. In Eisenach in Thuringia. At the top of the picture is the Bach House, the building where little Johann Sebastian Bach lived for almost ten years. Only: Bach was not born in this building, in the Bachhaus. However, this was thought for many decades, and so a plaque still hangs there today that identifies this house as the composer's birthplace. Today we know better, but now the plaque itself is "history": Johann Sebastian was born only a few houses away "in the neighborhood" of the Bach House and today's Bach Museum. A few steps further towards the city center.
What are the most beautiful musical works by Johann Sebastian Bach?
How can you decide? Because taste plays an enormous role in this ... your taste in music. And whether you like piano works better than organ works, prefer violins to harpsichord or, best, a great choir ... that plays an enormous role. Exactly with this question, this FAQ. So it is also one of the most difficult FAQs, or rather answers to the topic of Johann Sebastian Bach ever.
How do I get to the most exciting works, the most beautiful, the most popular or simply the best? Now there is it: one answer ... also to this FAQ. First of all: These most beautiful pieces do not exist, of course. The reason is given above ... it is simply a matter of taste. But there are the most popular and best known works. And there are the really big names of a few outstanding pieces. First there is the Mass in B minor, then the Easter Oratorio, the Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion and the St. Matthew Passion, and some people have hardly heard of Johann Sebastian Bach, but have heard of the Brandenburg Concerts, the Well-Tempered Clavier or the Musical Sacrifice. It should be noted that one could already be arguing again whether an important work is forgotten when it is listed above. Or whether one of the above-mentioned works is not one of the best known ... by name. You are thinking, for example, of the not mentioned "Air", the "Coffee Cantata", but please not the "Beer Cantata"?
This brings us to the answer in the Internet era. And Google and especially YouTube will help us there. These two Internet giants may not be able to determine the most beautiful works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but they can determine the most popular and the most played and listened to works. You simply search for the pieces by their names or BWV numbers – the numbers that a piece has in the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV; Bach works directory) – and then look to see how popular the respective piece is on these two major internet platforms.
Now, one could arrange an order with these results, but it would perhaps favor a work that is easier to perform than another just as popular. And so the author of "Bach on Bach" has selected the 33 most played and most represented pieces: There are exactly 33. Because he likes "the two threes" so much. He finds such number gimmicks exciting, which is why he has designed exactly 3 times 33 calendars. But that is only in passing. He has now prepared these 33 works by Johann Sebastian Bach especially for you. Once in a super-fast compilation matching the FAQ 0 about Johann Sebastian Bach. This video to the FAQ 0 – by the way – can be found under this section. And once on his website "Bach on Bach".
The video no. 1, matching the FAQ 0 related to Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach's 33 most popular and best-known musical works. In 333 seconds.
If you think that it should be forbidden to squeeze 33 works of this master into a video with a length of 333 seconds, then you are actually pretty right. But it is also mixed for the hasty "surfer of today", whose stay on websites can be calculated in milliseconds.
On the "Work + Music" page of the "Bach about Bach" website, these 33 musical works by Johann Sebastian Bach are of course available in reasonable time, although none of them is longer than three and a half minutes. However, because your eyes usually get no entertainment at all during this time, while your ears are spoiled by the music of the Thomaskantor, the author thought that looking at some nice images – during this time – might not be the worst idea either.
And because my husband, of course, knows your taste for certain beautiful photo motifs even less than your taste for great music (... after all, you are here right now), that's why there is "somehow something for everyone": many topics, which don't necessarily have to have anything to do with Johann Sebastian Bach, are compiled there. That means quite simply: First you choose a piece of music ... and then a photo theme. Please in this order, otherwise it won't work.
You will find photo galleries of all Bach cities and Bach locations as well as cities in which Bach had something to do only in the broadest sense. But on this page of the website you will also find photo themes that could inspire guests from abroad to Germany, photos of little dogs and kittens, of flowers and trees, autumn and winter motifs, castles, nature parks in the USA, the "Berlin Festival of Lights". It sounds strange, it is strange ... but it is also "different", creative, innovative and worth at least a short visit. With one click below you are there. Or, just to be on the safe side, take a look at three examples below. Namely, the Bach city Dresden, which is not really a "real Bach city". Then the topic Bach monuments and finally the above mentioned "Festival of Lights". As photo series and "mixed" with Bach's music.
The video no. 2 on this page "FAQs regarding Johann Sebastian Bach": Enjoy the pictures of Dresden and listen to music from Johann Sebastian Bach.
The video no. 3 on this page "FAQs regarding Johann Sebastian Bach": Enjoy Johann Sebastian Bach on postage stamps from all over the world, listen to Bach music and music from actual composers and travel with the composer around the world.
The video no. 4 on the page "FAQs about Johann Sebastian Bach": Watch pictures from the Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany and listen to music by Bach ...
The fitting music calendar is also a Bach calendar. With a smile it is the fitting calendar of my publishing house regarding the Bach FAQ: How many children did Johann Sebastian Bach have? 99 music calendars: 3 sizes. 2020 + 2021. To the shop.
A cool Bach calendar for cool Bach fans on the left and the publishing house's little Bach figure on the right. All calendars come in 3 sizes. 2020 + 2021.
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