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First Advisor

Dr. George Keck

Second Advisor

Dr. Russell Hodges

Third Advisor

Dr. Terry G. Carter


Bach's life spanned the gulf between the old-world age of faith and the new-world age of reason. seventeenth-century Germany, especially those portions with a strong Lutheran influence, remained strangely isolated and insulated against the rising storm of skepticism and inquiry, raging elsewhere in Europe. The full force of the Enlightenment broke suddenly over Bach during his latter years in Leipzig, where the younger generation was growing less sympathetic to the ideals of art Bach and others of his generation cherished.

Those who wish to understand Johann Sebastian Bach must first understand his world view, the lens which colored his perception of reality. The object of this paper is to answer the question, "What was Bach' s world view?" and to do so by examining his family background and the influences of education and religion.



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