In this lecture, Professor Wright discusses the Baroque period through a detailed look at the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He first takes the students through the basics of Bach's life, showing slides of the towns and buildings in which Bach and his family lived. Professor Wright then discusses Bach's music, and techniques of Baroque music in general, within the context of the composer's life. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the Advent cantata Bach wrote based on the chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme." 00:00 - Chapter 1. A Brief Biography of J. S. Bach 16:48 - Chapter 2. Bach's Music and Characteristics of Baroque Style 28:08 - Chapter 3. Bach's "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme": Discussion and Analysis 46:15 - Chapter 4. Bach's Legacy in Musical History
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.