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The Music and Life of J.S.Bach Peter Medhurst Thursday 14 March 2019

Music lovers generally regard JS Bach as the greatest of early 18th century composers.  In fact he is so important in the history of music that we close down the Baroque period with his death in 1750.  However, Bach is also one of the most challenging of composers and rarely reveals the subtleties of his music on first or even second hearing, causing some of his listeners to feel distanced from many of the finer moments in his output.  This lecture goes beneath the surface of Bach’s music to decode some of his musical symbolism, to reveal some of his working methods and to highlight some of his aesthetic goals.