Johann Ernst Bach

Biography

Born: January 28, 1722; Eisenach, Germany   Died: September 1, 1777; Eisenach, Germany  
A nephew of J.S. Bach, Johann Ernst was a pupil of his uncle at the Thomasschule in Leipzig from the age of five. Although he later studied law at Leipzig University, early on he returned to his native Eisenach at age 19 to become an unpaid assistant to his father, Johann Bernhard Bach, the town organist and court harpsichordist. Not until seven years later, in 1748, did Johann Ernst become his father's official (salaried) assistant, supporting Read more himself in the interim by practicing law. He succeeded his father in 1749. In 1756 he began commuting to Weimar for the important job as kapellmeister in the combined courts of Weimar, Gotha, and Eisenach, but he confined himself to Eisenach when that fused administrative arrangement was splintered in 1758. He did, however, retain the kapellmeister title and salary in return for performing administrative duties. As a composer of church music, Johann Ernst Bach was in some ways a conservative, objecting to modern trends and praising in print the works of his uncle, Telemann, and other figures of that generation. He won particular praise for the traditional beauty of his chorales. Otherwise, though, he was fairly up-to-date in style, using syncopation and chromaticism somewhat in the manner of his cousin C.P.E. Bach, and splashing dramatic effects through his vocal pieces, which often had elaborate accompaniments, and despite his protestations he fairly represented the current galant style. Read less
A Bach Notebook For Trumpet
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 418   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach Family: Organ Music / Sergio Militello
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94483   Number of Discs: 1
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Johann Ernst Bach


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Fantasia
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Fantasia
Fugue
(Chorus)
Denn er hat seine elende Magd (Soprano, Chorus)
Und seine Barmherzigkeit (Soprano, Counter-Tenor)
Er ubet Gewalt mit seinem Arm (Chorus)
Die Hungrigen fullet er (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Bass)
Wie er geredet hat unsern Vatern (Chorus)
Lob und Preis sei Gott, dem Vater (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Wie es war im Anfang (Chorus)
Chorale: O Seele, deren Sehnen aus heil'gen (Chorus)
Kommt! Lasst uns anbeten (Chorus)
Arioso: Ist's moglich, Vater (Tenor)
Recitative: Ihn, dem zum hohen Mut die Stunde winkt (Soprano)
Aria: Mein Geist! Ach, kannst du jetzo schlafen? (Soprano)
Recitative: O Gegend, die du sonst von milden Lehren (Tenor)
Aria: Du Hand des Segens (Tenor)
Chorale: Brich das schnode Zauberband (Chorus)
Recitative: Er naht dem Blutpalaste schon (Counter-Tenor)
Duet, Arioso: Sollt, einst ich was Unedles wagen (Soprano, Counter-Tenor)
Chorale: Schlage, Jesu, an mein Herz (Chorus)
Recitative: Und nun sieht der verhohnte Held (Bass)
Aria: Morder, und ihr fordert (Tenor)
Die Stimme eures Bruders Blut (Chorus)
Chorale: Lernt auch ihr, die der Fluch bewegt (Chorus)
Recitative: Man sieht die Geissel schon (Counter-Tenor)
Aria: Und ich betrate nicht die Pfade (Soprano)
Die muden Seelen starket er (Chorus)
Chorale: So wie er sie getragen (Chorus)
Recitative: Er geht, und seine Tritte netzen Zahren (Bass)
Chorale: Wenn ich fur Gericht soll treten (Chorus)
Recitative: Jetzt schaut vom Weltaltar (Counter-Tenor)
Chorale: Nur Trost ist's, der vom Mundle fliesst (Chorus)
Die Strafe liegt auf ihm (Chorus)
Arioso: Das du den Hirten Freude sangst (Soprano, Chorus)
Recitative: Der ew'ge Hohepriester schliesst (Tenor)
O du Mauer der Tochter Zion (Chorus)
Adagio: Rollt, Zahren, mild die Brust hinab (Counter-Tenor, Tenor)
Aria: Blut der herrlichsten Erlosung (Soprano)
Jerusalem sei getrost (Chorus)
Chorale: Der du, die nach dir sich nennen (Chorus)
Freunde Jesu, weint indessen (Chorus)


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