Who was Johann Sebastian Bach? Google celebrates composer with first AI Doodle; Here's everything you need to know about Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as today's Google Doodle.
Byline: Shivali Best
Today,Googleis celebrating what would have been the 334th birthday of one of the greatest composers of our time -Johann Sebastian Bach.
Bach was born in Eisenach on 21 March 1685, and is best known for his pieces Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and Herz und Mund und Tat.
To celebrate the composer,Googlehas launched its first ever AIGoogle Doodle.
Here's everything you need to know about Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as today's Google Doodle.
Bach was one of the most famous composers and musicians in the Baroque Period.
As well as composing some stunning pieces, Bach was also skilled on the organ, violin, viola and harpsichord.
The first composition to cement Bach's career was the cantata Gott isn main Konig in 2718.
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However, Bach faced harsh criticism later in his career.
During the 1720s and 1730s a new Italian style came to Germany, making many of Bach's compositions, including the Passions and that Goldberg Variations, appear dated.
Bach died in 1750 in Leipzig, although it's still disputed whether he died from a botched eye operation or a stroke caused by pneumonia.
Many of Bach's most famous works are still popular today.
This includes Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat.
In particular, one section of this cantana, called 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring', is especially famous.
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To interact with today's Google Doodle, click on the Google logo. This will cause an intro to play, explaining how to use the Doodle.
Next, you'll be taken to a music stave, where you can click on different lines to create your own melody.
Once you're happy with your melody, click the green 'Harmonise' button.
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Using AI, the Doodle will then harmonise the custom melody into Bach's signature music style.
Google developed the Doodle in partnership with the Google Magenta and Google PAIR teams.
Firstly, the researchers fed the AI 306 of Bach's chorale harmonisations.
Bach's chorales always have four voice, each with their own melodic line, creating a rich harmonic progression when played together.
Based on this information, the Doodle is able to predict how Bach would have harmonised other melodies - including ones created by you!
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Today's Google Doodle
You'll be taken to a music stave, where you can click on different lines to create your own melody
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|Publication:||Daily Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 2019|
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