Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany on March 21st, 1865. His family name had a very wide reputation for musical talent with his father being the court trumpeter for the Duke of Eisenach and director of the musicians of the town of Eisenach. During his early years, Johann Sebastian was taught to play the violin, the harpsichord by his father and the organ by his famous uncle.

Sebastian was a very willing pupil and quickly became very skilled with these instruments. He was also described as having 'an uncommonly fine treble voice'. At a very young age, Johann Sebastian lost a sister and a brother. When he was only 9 years old, his mother passed away and less then 10 months later, his father passed away. This was not uncommon because sewage and germ disposal was not organised.

Johann Sebastian lived with his brother who was a great teacher and taught him to master all the pieces he was taught.   His excellent soprano voice also found him a place in the choir of the wealthy at L√ľneburg, which was known to provide a free place for boys who were poor but had musical talent. He joined and moved through many choirs throughout his life.

J.S Bach wrote: works for voice, works for organ, works for harpsichord, works for miscellaneous solo instruments, works for (obligato) harpsichord and other instruments, concertos, orchestral suites, and canons just to name a few.

Bach's most famous works include, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Magnificent, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, organ works, and the Brandenburg concertos. J.S Bach wrote 6 Brandenburg Concertos which are all considered to be masterpieces. The piece I have been given to study is the Brandenburg Concerto number 2, one of greatest works.