Johann Sebastian Bach


Prelude 1 in C major from The Well Tempered Clavier

Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude, performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Bach’ Prelude in E Flat Major, performed
by JungHae Kim on harpsichord

Bach’s Invention #1, performed by Glenn Gould

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 – written for strings, flute, and harpsichord

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 – written for natural trumpet, recorder or flute, oboe, strings, and harpsichords

The Organ


A model of an early type of organ called a hydraulis from Ancient Greece that used water to help create sound.

Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C minor – “Organ Symphony”

Organist at a baseball park

Pirates of the Caribbean music on a church organ

German Music

Here just a few German composers. Listen to how German music changed over the years.

Hildegard von Bingen was a nun who lived in the 1100s and composed mainly church music.

Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) was an important German composer who lived just before J.S. Bach did.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was a Baroque composer like J.S. Bach. This is a flute sonata he wrote.

Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)  was a Classical composer who influenced Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. This is one of his sonatas.