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Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian

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.


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