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Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

«On March 21, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was born into a musical family in Eisenach, Germany. Depending on the source, the date of his birth is listed as either March 21, on the old Julian calendar that was still in use where Bach was born, or March 31, the date on the new Gregorian calendar that is currently the standard.»

Celebrate one of the most revered and influential composers that ever lived by viewing a performance of a movement from one of Bach's famous suites for unaccompanied cello. The featured soloist is Mihai Marica, playing a beautiful instrument from the Museum's collection made by Parisian luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in the mid-nineteenth century.


Department(s): Musical Instruments
Tag(s): cello, J.S. Bach


  • Marco Sanchez says:

    Beautiful! Definitely one of the greatest composers and beautifully played by a great soloist.

    Posted: March 21, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

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Jayson Dobney is an associate curator and administrator in the Department of Musical Instruments.

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The Museum's collection of musical instruments includes approximately five thousand examples from six continents and the Pacific Islands, dating from about 300 B.C. to the present. It illustrates the development of musical instruments from all cultures and eras. On this blog, curators and guests will share information about this extraordinary collection, its storied history, the department's public activities, and some of the audio and video recordings from our archives.