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The Page for Grownups on the Johann Sebastian Bach Website for Children
It was supposed to be educational. Our biography of Johann Sebastian Bach for children. And seriously: We actually believe that many more fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, godfathers, godmothers, aunts and uncles as well as teachers and especially music teachers come by here on this page than ... simply ... children. In fact, children google in a completely different way. For children, for example, the FAQ on Bach on a completely different website, in fact on Bach on Bach, are even more helpful.
Firstly, have you noticed that this page is an advertisement? In fact, this is important, because it is clear: We would be very happy if we could inspire you for our book, the Biography About Bach for Children and you would buy it. Because this website is not only not an editorial content, but also because children " might" come here, that's why this explicit hint is here. So ... here again. But now back to the content.
That's just not possible: A page for adults on a website for children. But it does exist. Here it is, and there are others. There is information for parents and grandparents, and for godparents, for uncles and aunts and of course also for the already mentioned teachers and especially music teachers of both sexes.
In fact, our whole Bach Mission started out just like that: Late, actually very late in life, our path led us to Johann Sebastian Bach. The entry into this matter was then, however, rather unpleasant. Unpleasant because not a single approach to the genius was crowned with any success.
The first Bach Biography we started reading was endlessly boring. The second one was much too detailed. Until finally, sometime later, we found the perfect Bach biography. Exactly the same thing happened to us with Bach's music. In fact, a first "Best of Bach Music" was our attempt number 1. And what a flop it was. Finally, the Bach Genealogy, that is the highly complicated history of the musical family: It is really infinitely complicated. To understand alone who is the father of whom and why, the uncle, the son or the grandson, is ... in the early Bach Genealogy "without end" confusing.
Now, as a tiny family company, we have been working for 35 years to present complex relationships in business and tourism to an interested public in a short, concise and, above all, entertaining way. Entertainment is "our world". It has to be beautiful, exciting, interesting ... in short, always and preferably "light fare".
This is how the idea of the Bach on Bach Internet Project of Peter Bach Jr. was born, which also includes this website "Johann Sebastian Bach for Children". Since about 2012 my husband is also building the pages of his most important Bach website Bach on Bach and the absolutely worth visiting website Bach in Wechmar is the latest of some more "in the network".
So Bach on Bach even today, after some years, is still " totally fresh " and constantly further in the construction. At least measured by the Bach science, which has basically existed for about 270 years. And so this enormous website, a potpourri on the subject of Johann Sebastian Bach, is still growing. Every day, every week, every month, every year.
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First and foremost, it has to be fun. Only then – with us – is it about the actual content. And yet: It works both ways at the same time. And today it's a combination of fun and excitement with a high learning value to go with it: our Bach Biography for Children. To the shop.
A Johann Sebastian Bach Biography for Children
Writing a biography for children about Johann Sebastian Bach was very important to us. We wanted to present one – not by us – as worth buying. But tastes are very different, and we simply didn't like anything that was already printed about the Thomas Cantor Bach for children. Not for exactly the age we imagined. With this realization, we searched for quite a while, or rather for many months, but simply did not find any author who wanted to write such a biography for us. Nor could we inspire any publisher to approach one of its authors about it. This went on for so long that my own family thought Peter could write it himself. In the meantime, the Bach Biography for Children has long been finished. And it is printed. In its first edition. And you can buy it: in bookstores, at Amazon and, of course, preferably at Bach 4 You.
An interesting idea is if you try to learn German, buy it, check on the words and make this little work a destination for your efforts to deal with German. My most important ambition: You have to have a goal when you try to learn a foreign language: You have to have German friends, you should plan to visit Germany you should want to read a biography about Bach. The fact that this biography is for kids, is no disadvantage at all, not for Germans and even more not for all other languages speaking folks. As the text is easy going and not complicated. And so is the content.
This Biography About Johann Sebastian Bach for Children is written with exactly the above priorities in mind: In fact, it must be fun. And then it must also be exciting. Gladly with the risk to "transport" rather less important matter. The main goal is therefore, above all, not to frustrate. Well, the facts have to be right, and of course they are. And you are now right: All this is a somewhat strange approach to writing a book. However, very similar to the task of how best to teach history in the classroom: It depends on how you "package" it. In fact, you can hop emotionlessly from year to year. Or you can make it exciting. We both experienced both variants during our time at school.
More clearly? We are not interested in getting young people excited about Johann Sebastian Bach. We are more concerned with not frustrating or scaring away children and young people who are even remotely interested in Bach. And then we also don't want to "drown" these kids in really too much information. Not to break anything with this topic, that is the result of our own life experience. Because we ourselves found it very, very difficult to listen to Bach's work again. After the first attempt had failed so much.
Why don't you – as an English-speaking person – listen to a few minutes of the audiobook of the biography? It might be even easier than reading German text. And you know that listening and understanding a foreign language is always easier than to speak it. On the other hand, you could try to read the first two or three pages of chapter one. Then you would know, whether managing to understand the whole biography would be too much of a good thing for you.
Listen now to the audiobook that matches the biography. Listen to a sample of the first few minutes of the first chapter. Then you will know what we mean. However, if you would rather read a little instead of listening to the text with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, then you'd better click here.
Which Music of Johann Sebastian Bach Is Suitable for Children?
Don't worry. Not all 33 picture themes (... or picture series) are as extremely suitable for children as the ones above. Plus: Kids can choose their own photo themes for the 33 musical works by Bach. Adults, too, of course. 33 works by Johann Sebastian Bach combined with 33 photo spreads makes 1,089 music videos. For you, for Bach beginners, for Bach fans and especially for kids. To the shop.
What a question, you may think: Which music by Bach is suitable for children? And anyway, why does it, the music of Bach, have to be suitable for children at all?
The answer is quite simple: The sooner you recognize a melody from Johann Sebastian's complete works from "somewhere" and the sooner you can whistle it, or even hum it, and the more pleasant and the more melodic it is ... the less it is "away" from young, youthful and modern music. Once kids find out that they might also like such music – and it really isn't mainstream in the tastes of the average class of students – the more likely they are to retain a further interest in classical music later on. In two disciplines, this is conceivable: Once with the desire to hear more demanding music itself. Be it by listening to one of the many Bach choirs in the world or the really numerous Bach orchestras nearby or via Ton Koopman on CD or with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (... both of course only "for example"). Or ... the second option ... to continue with classical music when you learn to play your first instrument. Why not start with "whistleable" and "humable" Bach works? With works along the lines of "... oh, that's by Bach too?" From there – later – the whole world of Bach's music can be explored. You discover that one person is particularly fond of the Brandenburg Concerts, but less so of the cantatas. Or that you could listen to the dreamlike St. Matthew Passion, beloved by so many Bach fans, every Christmas, but not perhaps the Mass in B minor, which is quite demanding for classical music beginners.
Here is a topic that seems rather less suitable for children. But you might have fun with it. Some combinations "music and photos" are of course also "delightfully wrong". But on the other hand, many things fit perfectly. For example, combine Bach's Coffee Cantata with the "Coffee motifs" photo series. Or the Brandenburg Concerts with all the castles photo series and the photo series about historically great cities. The Ave Maria for example (... yes, you're right, it's not by Bach alone) fits thematically perfectly to the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris in France. And the Christmas Oratorio, of course, is also ideal for the many wonderful winter motifs.
Nowhere else – except on this, my very website – is a selection of music so consistently made not to the taste of one individual, but to the taste of a tremendously huge group of Bach lovers all over the world. Google and YouTube are not mistaken. The compilation of Bach's popular musical works is therefore uncompromising.
In our compilation of the 33 most popular and best-known works by Johann Sebastian Bach, no personal criteria have been taken into account ... they are not ( ! ) our favorite works of Bach. With compilations for "any" CDs, which you can buy somewhere, it is basically different. In fact, the choice of pieces is based on the ability of the musicians, the difficulty of the pieces, the premise of the conductor, the cost of buying music or already purchased and licensed stock. In short: There are always compromises of some kind with other collections. And they are usually significant and of importance. Especially when it's the very first CD of Bach's music that you "meet".
Bach on Bach is always and mainly also a "jumping board" to then "dive" much, much deeper into the subject and into the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, and actually this is especially true of course for children. At this Bach project Bach on Bach you can find the perfect Bach short biography, exactly in the desired length (... actually there is the Bach short biography in 6, 9, 15, 25 and in 60 minutes length for you from us). But here you can also learn interesting and unimportant things on the side. From here you can start your way to Bach's music, and from here you can get enthusiastic about the many sub-topics about the musical family from Thuringia.
That's why Bach on Bach offers only a part of Bach's music, but consistently only as music videos. So that also your eyes have their fun with it. And you want to experience one or the other melody again, just to "also take along" the second, other, in fact visual offer.
That's why Bach's music is occasionally accompanied by picture themes that initially don't seem to make any sense at all as background music for a work. But you can manage this: Combinations that really and definitely seem to make no sense, just don't watch those.
The best way to get to know the musical works of Johann Sebastian Bach is to first determine what kind and variety of Bach's works you like best: The Brandenburg Concerts inspire one person, his cantatas another. Do you love choral singing, or do you prefer the master's works purely instrumental? Are the passions the right thing or a completely different form of works? And you can do it really inexpensively with this special offer above: "Six kilograms (... some twelve pounds) of Bach" at an almost unbeatable price plus a small shipping fee. Until you have finally listened to 142 CDs, you really have a lot of fun. With a little more due seriousness: It's the Bach music complete works, as of today. The exciting thing: "Bach 4 You" also adds the "Old Bach Complete Edition" to Bach's music: 16,800 sheets of music as PDF files. And five more, that is additional exciting add-ons, are waiting for you in the store. So it's the Bach music complete works to listen to and a whole six add-ons to Bach's music in addition.
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Either a Bach fan or one of the Bach institutions initiate this for "our hero" as well. Or we do. One day. You can read more about it in this special case, then on Bach on Bach: on the website and on the Facebook page. By the way, you can get to our Facebook page via the link here.
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