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Johann Michael Bach

Biography

Born: August 9, 1648; Arnstadt, Germany   Died: May 17, 1694; Gehren  
Johann Michael Bach was the brother of Johann Christoph Bach and, more notably, the father of Maria Barbara, the first wife of her distant cousin Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Michael was educated first by his father, Heinrich Bach, and then by the cantor of Arnstadt, Jonas de Fletin, who seems to have groomed in the boy a strong interest in vocal music. In 1665 Johann Michael took over from his brother as organist at the Arnstadt castle chapel, Read more and in 1673 he became the town organist in Gehren, where he also built organs and served for a while as town clerk. He was said to be quiet and reserved (unlike the perpetually piqued J.S. Bach), and was regarded as a highly skilled composer at the time.

Although they are not well known to the contemporary public, Johann Michael's works have survived in a rather large quantity for a "minor" Bach. Among his strongest compositions are his chorale motets, and he has been generally praised for the natural style of his musical declamations of Biblical texts. His motets tend to be homophonic and old-fashioned, though well crafted, and his more ambitious works are strongly influenced by the music of Heinrich Schütz. His extensive series of organ chorales are beholden to the style of Pachelbel, concise and contrapuntal, often in four parts; these pieces in particular are thought to have influenced the young J.S. Bach. Read less
Kerstmis Noel Christmas Weihnachten / Netherlands Bach Society
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 6111   Number of Discs: 1
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    Meine Seels - German Sacred Music / White, Weimann, Tempo Rubato
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22668 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Johann Rosenmüller  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew [Countertenor Vocal] White
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempo Rubato
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    Christmas Brass Festival / Ernst, Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98019 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Michael Praetorius,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Ernst
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  • 3.
    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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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    Label: Reflections   Catalog: 60301 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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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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    Kerstmis Noel Christmas Weihnachten / Netherlands Bach Society
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6111 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andreas Hammerschmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Leo van Doeselaar
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Choir,  Cappella Figuralis,  Netherlands Bach Society
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    Bach: Arias / Lesne, Seminario Musicale
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8933 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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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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    Herzlich Lieb Hab Ich Dich
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300148 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Michael Praetorius,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Marschall,  Reinhart Ginzel,  Albrecht Lepetit,  Ekkehard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Martin Flämig,  Erhard Mauersberger,  Howard Arman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie
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    Bach: Magnificat / Jos Van Veldhoven, Netherlands Bach Society
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 32010 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  William Towers,  Dorothee Mields,  Johannette Zomer,  Charles Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society
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  • 14.
    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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    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: Ligia   Catalog: 104136 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Michael Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Vernet
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  • 17.
    The Central German Organ School
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 567 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Michael Bach,  George Caspar Wecker,  Johann Krieger  ... 
    Performer:  Philip T.D. Cooper
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    Great Joy Vol 2 - Christmas Music For Brass
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98285 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Weymann,  Michael Haydn,  JJ Beauvarl.-Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schweriner Brass 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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Canta In Prato / Cappella Stravagante
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7068 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johann Michael Bach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Stravagante
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  • 24.
    Organ Music For Christmas / Roger Judd
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 225 Release Date: 09/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Flor Peeters,  Alfred Hollins,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Judd
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    Christmas Organ Music / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7711 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Howard Blake  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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