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Johann Christoph Bach

Biography

Born: December 8, 1642   Died: April 2, 1703; Eisenach, Germany  
The Bachs were a huge family of several lines with many musicians among them. Of these, Johann Christoph was second in genius and compositional skill only to Johann Sebastian. Johann Sebastian is said to have first become acquainted with the organ through his uncle Johann Christoph. J.S. Bach also studied and performed his works, which were contrapuntally complex, imaginative, and lyrical. He was a fine improviser on the keyboard, and was Read more influenced in his compositional style by Pachelbel. The genres in which he worked include keyboard pieces, organ preludes and fugues, vocal music, and concerti. His church music mixed the older style with the newer. The old German motets consisted of alternations between chordal and imitative sections, and the newer contained livelier lines, concertante writing, and elaborate instrumental writing. His concerted church music was excessively fine, and superior to that of most of his contemporaries, and in his motets we have been left with masterpieces of the form.

We possess only one oratorio by Johann Christoph, which was a relatively new form, about the struggle between Michael the Archangel and the Devil. It is a tone picture of rare quality, full of images of bold power and apocalyptic vision. Scored for two five-part choirs and an orchestra which includes four trumpets, drums, and organ, it is a grand, magnificent, and dramatic composition. After an opening instrumental movement, the basses begin in canon, and the trumpets answer one another in distant military calls. The two choirs sing in angry counterpoint, and the trumpets rage above them in sonorous fury. The huge turmoil of sound continues until a move to the dominant signifies Satan's defeat. There is a choral fugato, a triumphant instrumental sinfonia, followed by another glorious, magnificent choir. After several more numbers, the choirs close in joyous antiphony. The whole is quite dramatic, vigorous, and emotional.

Johann Christoph studied music with his father when young, and was appointed the organist of the chapel in Arnstadt in 1663. In 1665 he was made organist of the Kapelle of the Duke of Eisenach, where Johann Pachelbel was a member. While Johann Christoph was organist at the Duke's Kapelle, Pachelbel was for a time organist of the court, and the two knew and influenced one another. Johann Christoph was also appointed the Duke's court harpsichordist at a later date. Telemann's father-in-law was Kapellmeister for the duke, so the Bachs knew the Telemann family as well. Read less
Christmas With The Bach Family
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 5105   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Baroque Christmas
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5217 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  J. C. F. Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Wilfried Jochens,  Stephan Schreckenberger,  Claudia Schubert,  Barbara Schlick  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max,  Max Pommer,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert,  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra  ... 
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    Carols from the Old & New Worlds Vol 3 / Hillier
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807610 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Paul Hillier,  Henry Cowell,  Gerald Barry  ... 
    Performer:  Fergal [Rehearsal Accompanist] Caulfield
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ireland National Chamber Choir
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  • 3.
    The Heart's Refuge
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29143 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Johann Kuhnau  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander [Bass Vocal] Dobson,  Isaiah [Tenor Vocal] Bell,  Kyle [Counter Tenor Vocal] Guilfoyle,  Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 4.
    Empires / Latitude 37
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4810483 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitrie Cantemir,  Anonymous,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Matt [Ceramic Drums] Stonehouse,  Rebecca Humphries [Bass Viola da gamba] Diederich,  Yuval Ashkar,  Simon Rickard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latitude 37
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  • 5.
    Magdalena  Kozena -  Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999702 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Traditional,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Erwin Schulhoff  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Malcolm Martineau,  Michael Freimuth,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 6.
    Bach: Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Kuhnau,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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    Lied Der Liebe - The Song Of Songs In German Baroque  / Movimento
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77378 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Movimento
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  • 8.
    A Bach Notebook For Trumpet
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 418 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ernst Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood,  Daniel-Ben Pienaar
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    Bach Family: Organ Music / Sergio Militello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94483 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Bernhard Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Militello
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  • 10.
    Motets Of The Bach Family
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012072 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Keri Dexter,  Liz Kenny,  Helen Gough,  Robert Darwent  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
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    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ryland Angel
    Conductor:  Rick Erickson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Holy Trinity Bach Players
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  • 12.
    Bach In Context - Bach & Luther  /  Belder, Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1442 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion,  Gesualdo Consort
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  • 13.
    Bach Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001725802 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Zedelius,  Ulla Groenewold,  Paul Elliott,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 14.
    Johann Christoph Bach: Arie Variate & Lamenti / Martinoli
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1907 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Salvo Vitale,  Ingrid Alexandre,  Anaïs Chen,  Mario Martinoli
    Conductor:  Mario Martinoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Concerto Delle Viole
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  • 15.
    Bach, Bohm - Music For Weddings & Other Festivities
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 323 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Georg Böhm
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clematis Ensemble
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  • 16.
    A Tribute To Gustav Leonhardt: The Last Recordings
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 815 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Abraham van den Kerckhove,  Johann Caspar Fischer,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Pablo Valetti
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
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    Christmas With The Bach Family
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5105 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  J. C. F. Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralf Otto,  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Frankfurt Vocal Ensemble,  Rheinische Kantorei  ... 
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  • 18.
    Johann Christoph Bach: Welt, gute Nacht / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 715 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Clare Wilkinson,  Katharine Fuge,  Julia Doyle,  Jeremy Budd  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 19.
    Sacred Music Of The Bach Family / Eschenburg, Gruss, Max, Schneider, Das Kleine Konzert, La Stagione Frankfurt, Leipzig Capella Fidicinia
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7100 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Ernst Bach,  J. C. F. Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Martina Lins,  Paul Eliott,  Gotthold Schwarz,  Hilke Helling  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartwig Eschenburg,  Hermann Max,  Michael Schneider,  Hans Grüss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostock Motet Chorus,  Capella Fidicinia,  Rostocker Motet Choir  ... 
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  • 20.
    Desire - Bach: Cantatas / Ponseele, Il Gardellino
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 956 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marcus Ullmann,  Caroline Weynants,  Lieven Termont,  Marcel Ponseele  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Gardellino
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  • 21.
    Reformation & Counter-reformation
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Doles,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georg Böhm,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle,  Stephan Van Dyck,  Marius Van Altena,  Patrick Van Goethem  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale Choir,  Ricercar Consort,  La Fenice
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  • 22.
    Motets Of The Bach Family
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5060 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Altnicko  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Nordstrand,  Niklas Trustedt
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir
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  • 23.
    Bach: The Works For Organ / Kevin Bowyer [MP3 Format]
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1721 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann P. Kellner,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
    Conductor:  Alice Joensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Det Fynske Kammerkor
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  • 24.
    Sacred Music Of The Bach Family / Rilling, Bach Collegium Stuttgart
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98614 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Ernst Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 25.
    Super Artists On Super Audio Vol. 6
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 5509 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeanne-Louise Farrenc,  John Dowland,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Beynon,  Matthew Wadsworth,  Gary Cooper,  Rachel Podger  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven,  Jurjen Hempel,  Kirill Petrenko,  Iván Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society,  Sinfonia Cracovia,  Meridian Arts Ensemble  ... 
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