Known as "the father of harmony," J.S. Bach is one of the most influential and revered composers in the history of classical music. His musical style is characterized by counterpoint and variation, as well as the use of multiple melodic themes. A prolific composer, Johann Sebastian Bach's music ranges from solo and chamber works to cantatas and large-scale choral/orchestral works. The music of J.S. Bach serves as the prime pedagogical example and foundation for music education classes worldwide.