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Happy 331st - JS Bach

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The most important composer and musician of the Baroque period and perhaps in the history of music, Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21 1685. German born, he enriched established styles of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures. Infludenced from abroad, particularly from Italy and France, Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.