Robert L. Marshall, the Sachar Professor of Music at Brandeis University, is the author of The Compositional Process of J.S. Bach and The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach. (June 2000)


In Search of Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

by Christoph Wolff
Johann Sebastian Bach’s life was notoriously, frustratingly, uneventful. Born in the eastern German town of Eisenach in 1685, Bach was a family man who all his life resided in small, often provincial, towns. He had a few public triumphs—acclaimed appearances as an organ or keyboard performer in Hamburg, Dresden, Berlin, …