March 31, 1685
- July 28, 1750
The father of many noteworthy musicians, Johann Sebastian Bach defined the Baroque era. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist, Bach composed over 1,100 pieces including cantatas, concerti, and a myriad of other solo and ensemble works. Although he was critical of the early versions of the fortepiano, he bestowed his blessing on one of Gottfried Silbermann’s instruments in 1747.