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
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  • 26.
    Great European Organs Vol 75 / Michael Harris
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Kaspar Kerll  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Harris
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  • 27.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 25 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Panito Iconomou,  Paul Agnew,  Stephan Loges
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 28.
    German 17th-century Church Music / Robin Blaze, Et Al
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55230 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Rosenmüller  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Holman,  Robin Blaze
    Conductor:  Peter Holman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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  • 29.
    Kantate / Andreas Scholl, Concerto Di Viole, Basel Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501651 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Ignazio Albertini,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Giovanni Legrenzi  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Markus Märkl,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Stephanie Pfister  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
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  • 30.
    Die Familie Bach Vor Johann Sebastian / Reinhard Göbel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419253 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Ulla Groenewold,  Paul Elliott,  Stephen Varcoe,  Maria Zedelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 31.
    Cantatas For Bass / Harry Van Der Kamp
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 68264 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Period Instrument Ensemble
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  • 32.
    Bach Family Motets / Marlow, Trinity College Choir Cambridge
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51306 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Peck,  Andrew Lamb,  Christopher Allsop,  Rickman Godlee
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Enchantment / Magdalena Kozená
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000657612 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Josef Myslivecek  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Barbara Maria Willi,  Claire Delgado-Boge,  Edwige Parat  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Reinhard Goebel,  Paul McCreesh,  Michel Swierczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Lamento - Magdalena Kozená / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4741942 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  J. C. F. Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francesco B. Conti  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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  • 35.
    Bach: Works For Organ Vol 16 - The Clock Pieces / Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5734 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Christian Friedrich Witt,  Johann P. Kellner  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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    Bach, Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Etc / Gustav Leonhardt, Claviorganum
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christian Ritter,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
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  • 37.
    Cantatas By Members Of The Bach Family / Goebel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474552 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach
    Performer:  David Cordier,  Ulla Groenewold,  Maria Zedelius,  Paul Elliott  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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  • 38.
    Lamento / Daniel Taylor, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22308 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Giovanni Hoffman  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 39.
    Elegia / Matthew White And Les Voix Baroques
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29902 Release Date: 04/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Holborne,  Thomas Simpson,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew White
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
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  • 40.
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 24812 Release Date: 03/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Sebastian Knüpfer,  Johann Christoph Altnicko,  Johann Ernst Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg Straube
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  • 41.
    Motets & Cantatas By The Bach Family
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann(es) Bach
    Performer:  Henri Ledroit,  Max van Egmond
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Erik van Nevel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Choir,  Capella Sancti Michaelis Vocal Ensemble
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  • 42.
    Eternal Source Of Light / Bowman, King, The King's Consort
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84480 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wolfgang Franck,  Mathias Georg Monn,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Robert King
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 43.
    Organ Works Of The Bach Family / Franz Haselböck
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94038 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  W. Friedrich Ernst Bach,  J. C. F. Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Haselböck
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  • 44.
    Bach / Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8873 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
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  • 45.
    Lamento / Daniel Taylor, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22261 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Melchior Hoffman,  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Plouffe,  Adrian Butterfield,  Hank Knox,  Myron Lutzke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 46.
    Bachiana - Music By The Bach Family / Musica Antiqua Köln
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471150 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Signor Pagh,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Cyriacus Wilche,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Léon Berben,  Reinhard Goebel,  Stephan Schardt
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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  • 47.
    Musical Humour With The Bach Family / Max, Schäfer, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999797 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nicolaus Bach,  W. Friedrich Ernst Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Kernig,  Ludger Rémy,  Dieter Wagner,  Ekkehard Abele  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert,  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 48.
    Early Music - Klaglied - German Sacred Concertos / Chance
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 675 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Michael Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Christian Geist  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Michael Chance,  William Hunt,  Robert Woolley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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    Sacred Songs Of Sorrow - Fiocco, Kindermann, Geist, Et Al
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 03/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann E. Kindermann,  Christian Geist,  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Johann Michael Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Rodrigo Del Pozo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable Simfonie
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    The Muses Of Zion / Cambridge Bach Ensemble
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93168 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Martin Luther,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Sykes
    Conductor:  Scott Metcalfe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Bach Ensemble
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