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Johann Sebastian Bach
A composer study by Katrina Lybbert

This study is planned to last 5 weeks.  The first week we read aloud the chapter on Johann Sebastian Bach in Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh.  We then choose one musical composition by Bach to listen to during the week.  The selection can be played as background music during mealtimes.  We choose a different musical composition of this composer to listen to each week, and our five selections are listed below. We also read biographies, watch video recordings, listen to audio recordings, or research information about this composer on the internet, for the remaining 4 weeks of study.  Resource suggestions we have found and liked are listed below.


Music Selections for Listening

Week One

Air from Suite No. 3 in D Major

Week Two

Cantata: "Where Sheep May Safely Graze"

Week Three

Brandenburg Concerti

Week Four

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Week Five

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, for Organ

Books to Read

Bach by Ann Rachlin (Famous Children)
Sebastian: A Book About Bach by Jeanette Winter
Bach's Big Adventure by Sallie Ketcham
Bach by Greta Cencetti (The World of Composers)
Introducing Bach by Roland Vernon
Johann Sebastian Bach by Mike Venezia (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
Bach and Baroque Music by Stefano Catucci (Masters of Music)

Audio Recordings

Mr. Bach Come to Call (Classical Kids)
The Story of Bach in Words and Music (Music Masters Series)

Video Recordings

Bach's Fight For Freedom (Devine Entertainment)

Internet Resources

The J.S. Bach Homepage
J.S. Bach FAQ Site
A Johann Sebastian Bach Midi Page
Bach Central Station

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