Bach was born in 1685 in Eisenach, Germany and came from a big family of musicians. Johann Sebastian Bach had to live with his older brother, who was also a musician, as his parents passed away when he was ten. Because it was difficult to get music in those days, knowledge thirsty young Bach copied his brother's scores that the brother thought were too difficult for Bach to understand, by moonlight. Later on he found a job in his mid teens as violinist in the royal court at Celle, Germany and also did work as choirmaster, musician, and church organist.
While he was working at the Lutheran church he wrote a cantata. As he was a very religious person, you could really feel the love he had for God. It features voices accompanied by an orchestra. Soon he found another job as organist in the town of Muhlhausen, Germany where he found his love, Maria Barbara Bach, first wife, and they had four children.
He worked for Prince Leopold of Cothen, Germany when he wrote the first music books, called the Well-Tempered clavier, and The Little Organ Book that music students today still use. He also wrote another set of his famous and popular works - the Brandenburg Concertos - filled with beautiful happy feelings, and a relaxing joy of music.
Sadly his wife, Maria, died and he remarried in 1721 to Anna, with whom they had thirteen children! He was a loving father and four of Bach's sons became well-known composers and musicians. The greatest joy for him was always when he assembled his children at home and played music together. He died in 1750 and composed some of the world's most incredible music ever. He influenced so many musicians including Mozart, Beethoven and even the Beatles. Interestingly, he was known more as a harpsichordist and conductor while he was alive. Most of Bach's surviving works were published after he died
In 1977 the Voyager spacecraft set off on a long journey into space with recording of the Brandenburg Concerto No2 as cargo, ready to play if extraterrestrials ever come into contact with the ship.
There were two notebooks made for his second wife Anna with many small pieces dedicated to her. This is one of them, Minuet in D Minor.