Bach was a master of virtually every musical form of his day. He mastered the church organ and the scoring and presentation of German church chorales. We see this in the able and often brilliant chorale-based cantatas he churned out weekly over several years during his tenure in Leipzig.
Bach was filled with contradictions, Gardiner discovered. He had anger management issues, and yet he had the capacity for tenderness. "He had normal flaws and failings, which make him very approachable," Gardiner says.
There is no doubt that Bach was a musical genius, but what clues did he leave behind to reveal his actual IQ? 165. That's the number music scholars and scientists have landed upon for their best guess as to J.S. Bach's IQ.
Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist, and expert on organ building, Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time and is celebrated as the creator of the Brandenburg Concertos, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, and ...
Bach is an intellectual puzzle. He is a musical genius and a superb musical student. He learned and taught, composed and played, and brought joy to millions of music fans around the world.
There are two others named Johann Christian Bach in the Bach family tree, but neither was a composer. In 1764, Bach met with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was aged eight at the time and had been brought to London by his father. Bach then spent five months teaching Mozart in composition.
130 to 144: Moderately gifted. 145 to 159: Highly gifted. 160 to 179: Exceptionally gifted. 180 and up: Profoundly gifted.
At the age of 64 years, his vision started to decline. Old biographies claim that it was the result of overstressing his vision in poor illumination. By persuasion of his friends, he had his both eyes operated by a travelling British eye surgeon. A cataract couching was performed.
A modern reconstruction of Johann Sebastian Bach's head -- using computer-modelling techniques -- shows the composer as a strong-jawed man with a slight underbite, his large head topped with short, silver hair.
Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magedalena Bach
It has been speculated, most notably in a thesis by Professor Martin Jarvis of the Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, that Anna Magdelana may have composed some of Bach's most revered works, including his Cello Suits.
During his lifetime Johann Sebastian Bach was better known as a virtuoso organist, harpsichordist and organ builder than as a composer.
Bach produced countless masterpieces, including solo keyboard works, cantatas, concertos, oratorios, and solo and orchestral suites. He is renowned for his ingenious technical ability in contrapuntal composition.
Using a photo of what historians believe to be Bach's skeleton, Otte calculated the hand's size—nearly 8½ inches from wrist to fingertips—and its reach, as much as 10¼ inches from thumb to last finger with the hand open wide.
Among medical mysteries involving master musicians, it doesn't quite match the still-mysterious death of Mozart at age 35. But precisely why Johann Sebastian Bach went totally blind less than four months before his death in 1750 remains an open question—as well as the portal to a poignant story.
While J.S. and his sons are by far the most famous today, plenty of other Bachs have left behind wonderful music. Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749) - To make things really confusing, there are actually two Johann Bernhard Bachs. The one you're much more likely to hear about is the older one, a second cousin of J.S.
The beautiful strains of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" and Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" evoke a very different picture from the dark bond the two composers shared: Each was blinded by botched eye surgery at the hands of a flamboyant quack.
Professor Stephen Hawking never revealed his IQ, however it's widely believed to have been 160. This high score falls in the genius category, with 0.003% of people scoring that high.
Nadia Camukova. Nadia Camukova, who has an IQ of 200, was born in Moscow in 1976. The Brain Research Institute in Moscow reported later on that she had the highest IQ in the world.
Beethoven first met the name and the works, when he started his training with Neefe, who knew Bach's works well and used the forty-eight preludes and fugues from the Well tempered Clavier, as the main teaching tool.
Vivaldi and Bach never met! While the Italian master led the life of an international jetsetter, racing from one lucrative appointment to the next, Bach never strayed far away from home. Although Vivaldi came in contact with a variety of national musical styles, his music was little affected by his travels.
Beethoven describes Mozart performing
We know this because Beethoven's student Carl Czerny, who was a reliable reporter, heard Beethoven describing Mozart's playing, which he said was fine but choppy, and without much legato.