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Bach's Fight for Freedom
SUBJECTS — Biography/Bach; Music/Classical; World/Germany;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Friendship; Father/Son;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring.
Age: 6 - 12; Not rated; Drama; 1995; 53 minutes; Color.
Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the giants of classical music, worked at the court of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Sachsen-Weimer. As shown in Bach's Fight for Freedom, the relationship was not a happy one. The Duke and his musical advisors wanted only the traditional hymns, while Bach wanted to be free to compose new kinds of music. This movie is based on a real incident in which Duke Wilhelm imprisoned Bach for four weeks when the composer sought to resign and join the household of a relative of the Duke.
Bach's Fight for Freedom interests young viewers through a fictional child, Frederick, a servant of the Duke who is sent to spy upon Bach. The men in young Frederick's family have been personal servants to the Duke for generations. Frederick's father requires the boy to train for the same job, but Frederick dreams of becoming a stone mason. In this film, Bach and Frederick find that they have much in common. Can both of their dreams be fulfilled? This film is one of the award winning Composers' Specials.
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The Bach family produced more than 50 prominent musicians over seven generations. In parts of Germany, the word Bach was synonymous with the word musician. The most important member of this family was Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) who himself had 20 children, seven with his first wife, and 13 with his second. Bach was recognized as the greatest organist of his time.
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