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Notable Foreign Birthdays
Johann Sebastian Bach – Leading German composer of the Baroque period
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 [O.S. 21 March] – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.
U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Enlightenment Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1674-1700)
René Descartes – The father of Modern Philosophy
René Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650), also known as Renatus Cartesius (latinized form), was a French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which continue to be studied closely to this day. In particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes’ influence in mathematics is also apparent, the Cartesian coordinate system allowing geometric shapes to be expressed in algebraic equations being named for him. He is accredited as the father of analytical geometry. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.
U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)
Joseph and Mabel were my Mother’s parents and my Grandparents.
World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)