History 1: Lives of Baroque Composers

History I: Bach's Life

Bach born

1685

Eisenach Germany

Bach orphaned, lives with elder brother

1695

Organist in Arnstadt

1703 - 1707

Organist at Muhlhausen, marries cousin Maria Barbara

1707 - 1708

Court organist and chamber musician to Duke of Weimar

1708 - 1717

Most important organ works: Chorale prelude "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"

Kapellmeister to the prince of Anhalt-Cothen

1717 - 1723

Keyboard music: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, 6 French suites, Brandenburg Concertos

Marries Anna Magdalena Wilcke

1721

Presents Anna music notebook "Notebook for Anna Magdalena Wilcke"

1722

Cantor of St. Thomas's in Leipzig

1723 - 1750

Presents Anna music notebook "Notebook for Anna Magdalena Wilcke"

1725

Director of the Collegium Musicum

1729

Coffee Cantata

1734

Visits Frederick the Great at Potsdam

1747

Bach elaborates on theme by Frederick the Great: The Musical Offering

1747

Became blind, died

1750

History I: Handel's Life

Handel born

1685

Halle Germany

Goes to Hamburg, enters opera house as second violinist

1702

Italy, opera Agrippina

1705 - 1708

First opera, Almira

1705

Conductor to Elector of Hanover/King George I of England

1710

Royal Academy of Music

1720

Music director at Royal Academy of Music

1720

Success of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera", defeated Handel's opera seria

1728

Turns from opera to oratorio

1728

Lost eyesight from cataracts, died

1759