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.
    Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2367 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Schäfer,  Jonas Will,  Johannes Pohl,  Harry Van der Kamp  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frieder Bernius,  Bruno Weil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Niederaltaich Scholars,  Tölz Boys Choir,  Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Rene Jacobs: The Countertenor - The Accent Recordings 1978-1982
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24321 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  René Jacobs,  Wieland Kuijken,  Konrad Junghänel,  Jos van Immerseel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuijken Consort,  Parnassus Ensemble,  Ghent Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Bach, Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Hassler, Pachelbel, Ritter & Strogers; Harpsichord Works / Leonhardt
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Nicholas Strogers,  William Byrd,  John Bull  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
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  • 4.
    Luther und die Musik
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77403 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Petrus Roselli,  Anonymous,  Johannes Hesdimois,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Vitzthum,  Julian Behr,  Margit SchultheiB,  Edzard Burchards  ... 
    Conductor:  Alessandro Quarta,  Arno Paduch,  Wilfried Rombach,  Bernhard Klebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Romano,  Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble,  Musica Antiqua Vienna  ... 
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  • 5.
    Martin Luther: Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6074 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius,  Heinrich Grimm,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Birte Kulawik,  Michael Schaffrath,  Clemens Heidrich,  Matthias Grünert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumenta Musica
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  • 6.
    Abendmusik: Cantatas For Solo Bass
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95033 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Johann Schop,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Mauro [Baritone Vocal] Borgioni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Hermans
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  • 7.
    Heart & Soul: Devotional Music From The German Baroque
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3426 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Christoph Bernhard,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Ryland Angel,  Matthew Dirst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Lyrica Houston
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    Altbschisches Archiv / Junghanel, Cantus Colln
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501783 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Adam Drese,  Johann Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Cantus Cölln
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    Johann Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Michael Bach: Motets / Meunier, Vox Luminis
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach
    Conductor:  Lionel Meunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scorpio Collectief
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  • 10.
    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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  • 12.
    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 Bell,  Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle,  Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 13.
    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:  Neal Peres da Costa,  Ruth Wilkinson,  Guy Du Blét,  Miriam Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latitude 37
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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    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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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar,  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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,  Simon Bailey  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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