Johann Sebastian Bach lived in a world where musicians were servant-craftsmen. He wrote music for his masters, both in the palaces and in the town councils of 18th-century Germany. While wars shaped Europe around him, Bach battled with stubborn councilors and incompetent musicians in his search for perfection. After his death, fashion moved on, and for a while Bach was almost forgotten. Now his work has established him as one of the great musical geniuses of all time.
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