Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest
composers in Western musical history. More than 1,000 of his
compositions survive. Some examples are the Art of Fugue,
Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations for
Harpsichord, the Mass in B-Minor, the motets, the Easter and
Christmas oratorios, Toccata in F Major, French Suite No 5,
Fugue in G Major, Fugue in G Minor ("The Great"), St.
Matthew Passion, and Jesu Der Du Meine Seele. He came from a
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services in Leipzig and continuing to
write music of various kinds with a level of craft and
emotional profundity that was his alone.
Bach remained at his post in Leipzig until his death
in 1750. He was creatively active until the very end, even
after cataract problems virtually blinded him in 1740. His
last musical composition, a chorale prelude entitled "Before
They Throne, My God, I Stand", was dictated to his
son-in-law only days before his death.