Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
(1685-1750). The musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky states that Bach is "a master comparable in greatness of stature with Aristotle in philosophy and Leonardo da Vinci in art". Bach is the unsurpassed foundational composer of western classical music, creating a sense of tonal gravity that influences music to this day. There was, of course, important music in earlier eras, but many of the fundamental musical techniques used by composers in the classical, romantic, and even the modern eras can b...