Johann Sebastian Bach was born 327 years ago this week. While not considered a great composer during his lifetime, Bach created more than 1,100 works, three of which were pressed onto golden records and sent into space aboard the Voyager spacecrafts as a representation of humanity's virtue. It is a sweet reward for a talent that was underpaid, undervalued, and frankly obstructed by the church, which often employed the composer. During Bach's 27-year tenure as cantor in Leipzig, he worked assiduously, creating an original cantata for every Sunday and every feast day of the year. Still, it is his secular works that spring to mind as masterpieces, which makes Noontime Concerts the perfect setting to celebrate Bach's 327th Birthday on Tuesday.
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