Johann Ludwig Bach

Biography

Born: February 4, 1677; Thal, Austria   Died: May 1, 1731; Meiningen  
Johann Ludwig Bach, "the Meiningen Bach," was a second cousin of Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Ludwig Bach was born in Thal, a small municipality just outside of Eisenach, where his younger and considerably more famous second cousin was born. At the age of 11 Johann Ludwig Bach entered the Gotha Gymnasium for studies in theology, but ended up pursuing the Bach family trade of music instead. It is not known where Ludwig Bach's musical Read more training came from, except that it is obvious from his music that he was fully familiar with Italian models and stylistic devices.

In 1699, Bach joined the band as a violinist in the court of Meiningen, working in the service of Prince Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. Bernhard promoted Bach to the position of Kantor in 1703, but at about the time of Bernhard's death in 1706 Bach attempted unsuccessfully to gain appointment to a similar post at Eisenach. Convinced to stay by Bernhard's successor Duke Ernst Ludwig I, Johann Ludwig Bach was ultimately promoted to Kapellmeister in 1711, a job Bach would hold for the rest of his days. When the Duke died in 1724, Bach composed the music used in the funeral service. Johann Ludwig Bach did not long outlast his patron, dying at the age of only 54 in 1731.

As Bach's primariy professional association was with an orchestra, one would expect a large number of instrumental works from his pen. To date only a single orchestral Suite in G and the oddly named Cantata-Symphony may be laid safely at his door. Johann Ludwig Bach's sacred choral music, however, is plentiful, consisting of two masses, a Magnificat setting, 23 sacred cantatas, 11 motets, the Funeral Music for Duke Ernst Ludwig, and a secular cantata, "Klingt vernügt." Johann Ludwig's music was well known to Johann Sebastian Bach, who in 1726 programmed 18 of Johann Ludwig's sacred cantatas for performance in lieu of his own at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. One of his creations, the cantata Denn du wirst meine Seele nicht in der Hölle lassen, was long misattributed to Johann Sebastian Bach and once assigned the catalog number BWV 15. Johann Ludwig's son, Gottlieb Friedrich Bach, was a skilled portraitist who sketched many of the images of the Bach family that we know today, including the remarkable "Meiningen pastel" of Johann Sebastian Bach. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Sacred Apocryphal Bach / Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble [8-CD Set]
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777878 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Mona Spägele,  Harry Van Berne,  Stephan Schreckenberger,  Christiane Iven  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremen Baroque Orchestra,  Alsfelder Vocal Ensemble,  Gesualdo Consort  ... 
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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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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    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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  • 5.
    J.g. Goldberg: Kantaten; J.l. Bach: Missa Brevis; J.l. Krebs: Magnificat
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Lieven Termont,  Sophie Karthäuser,  Stephan Van Dyck
    Conductor:  Florian Heyerick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Tempore
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    Apocryphal Bach Masses, Vol. 2
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777561 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gesualdo Consort,  Hannover Hofkapelle,  Bremen University Of The Arts Solo Quartet
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  • 7.
    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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    J. L. Bach: Trauermusik; Motets; Cantatas; Missa Brevis / Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5080 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Guy de Mey,  Lena Susanne Norin,  Mária Zádori  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
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    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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    Johann Ludwig Bach: Trauermusik / Rademann, Prohaska, Fuchs, Schmitt
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902080 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Maximilian Schmitt,  Anna Prohaska,  Ivonne Fuchs,  Andreas Wolf
    Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    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,  J. C. F. Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Nordstrand,  Niklas Trustedt
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
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    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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    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93801 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Liz Kenny,  Keri Dexter,  Helen Gough
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
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    J. L. Bach:  Cantatas: Schlick, Nichols, Max, Das Kleine Konzert
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83186 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Mary Nichols,  Wilfried Jochens,  Barbara Schlick
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jugendkantorei Dormagen,  Das Kleine Konzert
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    Johann Ludwig Bach: Motets / Heyerick, Van Dijck, Et Al
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83187 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Stephan Van Dyck,  Dirk Snellings
    Conductor:  Florian Heyerick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Tempore,  Orpheon Consort
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    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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    J.L. Bach: Missa Brevis, Kantatas / Hermann Max, Et Al
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67131 Release Date: 01/01/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Mária Zádori,  Lena Susanne Norin,  Wilfried Jochens,  Stephan Schreckenberger
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert,  Rheinische Kantorei
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    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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    J.L. Bach: Trauermusik / Zadori, Norin, De Mey, Max
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10814 Release Date: 07/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Guy de Mey,  Lena Susanne Norin,  Mária Zádori
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert,  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 20.
    J.L. Bach: Motets / Max, Rheinische Kantorei
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10560 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Matthias Horn,  Bernhard Husgen,  Hans-Joachim Weber,  Remco Roovers  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 21.
    Bach Family Motets
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51306 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Peck,  Christopher Allsop,  Rickman Godlee,  Andrew Lamb
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