J.S. Bach's Life And Works

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  • 1. 

    J. S. Bach's first names are:

    • A.

      Johann Stephanus

    • B.

      Josef Sibelius

    • C.

      Johann Sebastian

    • D.

      Johann Steglitz

    • E.

      Josef Stephanus

    Correct Answer
    C. Johann Sebastian
    Explanation
    Johann Sebastian Bach's first names are Johann Sebastian.

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  • 2. 

    In which city did he not work

    • A.

      Leipzig

    • B.

      Hamburg

    • C.

      Mulhausen

    • D.

      Kothen

    • E.

      Arnstadt

    Correct Answer
    B. Hamburg
    Explanation
    The question asks for the city where he did not work. The cities mentioned are Leipzig, Hamburg, Mulhausen, Kothen, and Arnstadt. The correct answer is Hamburg because it is the only city mentioned that he did not work in.

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  • 3. 

    Bach was born in the year

    Correct Answer
    1685
    Explanation
    Bach was born in the year 1685. This is the correct answer because it directly matches the information provided in the question.

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  • 4. 

    Which set of musical pieces did Bach compile for his children?

    • A.

      Anna Magdalena Notebook

    • B.

      Brandenburger Concertos

    • C.

      Well Tempered Klavier

    • D.

      12 Small Preludes and Fugues

    Correct Answer
    A. Anna Magdalena Notebook
    Explanation
    Bach compiled the Anna Magdalena Notebook for his children. This collection of music contains various pieces that were either composed or transcribed by Bach himself. It was intended as a musical education tool for his wife, Anna Magdalena, and their children. The notebook includes a wide range of musical genres, such as minuets, polonaises, and chorales, making it a comprehensive resource for learning and practicing music.

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  • 5. 

    What type of musical compositions did Bach write for regular church services

    • A.

      Masses

    • B.

      Oratorios

    • C.

      Cantatas

    • D.

      Hymns

    • E.

      Organ improvisations

    Correct Answer
    C. Cantatas
    Explanation
    Bach wrote cantatas for regular church services. Cantatas are musical compositions that are usually based on religious texts and are intended to be performed during worship services. Bach composed over 200 cantatas, which were typically performed as part of the church service, specifically during the liturgical year. These cantatas often featured solo vocalists, a choir, and instrumental accompaniment, and they played a significant role in Bach's sacred music repertoire.

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  • 6. 

    What do we call the type of polyphonic composition Bach used most often

    Correct Answer
    Counterpoint
    Explanation
    Bach used counterpoint most often in his polyphonic compositions. Counterpoint is a technique in which multiple melodic lines are played simultaneously, creating a rich and intricate texture. Bach was a master of counterpoint, known for his ability to weave multiple melodic lines together in a harmonically pleasing way. His compositions showcase his skill in creating complex and interwoven melodies that are both technically challenging and musically beautiful.

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  • 7. 

    When was Bach's music most popular

    • A.

      During his life

    • B.

      Right after his death

    • C.

      100 years after his death

    Correct Answer
    C. 100 years after his death
    Explanation
    Bach's music was most popular 100 years after his death. This is because his compositions were not widely recognized or appreciated during his lifetime. It was only in the 19th century that his music gained significant recognition and popularity, thanks to the efforts of composers like Felix Mendelssohn who championed his works. This led to a revival of interest in Bach's music, making him one of the most influential composers in Western classical music history.

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  • 8. 

    How did Bach sign every piece he wrote?

    • A.

      L. D.

    • B.

      J. S. B.

    • C.

      J. Bach

    • D.

      S. D. G.

    • E.

      D. V.

    Correct Answer
    D. S. D. G.
    Explanation
    Bach signed every piece he wrote with the initials "S. D. G." This stands for "Soli Deo Gloria," which translates to "Glory to God alone" in Latin. This signature reflects Bach's strong religious beliefs and his belief that his music was a means of worshiping and glorifying God.

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  • 9. 

    Which statement about Bach is false

    • A.

      He wrote lots of operas

    • B.

      He had many children

    • C.

      He was a devout Lutheran

    • D.

      He was thrown in jail at one point

    • E.

      He was an argumentative type

    Correct Answer
    A. He wrote lots of operas
    Explanation
    The statement "He wrote lots of operas" is false. While Bach was a prolific composer, he did not write many operas. His compositions mainly consisted of instrumental works, choral music, and sacred cantatas. Operas were not a significant part of his body of work.

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