Johann Sebastian Bach

Biography

Born: 1685   Died: 1750   Country: Germany   Period: Baroque
Johann Sebastian Bach was better known as a virtuoso organist than as a composer in his day. His sacred music, organ and choral works, and other instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach's use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style -- which often included religious and numerological symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a Read more profound puzzle of special codes -- still amaze musicians today. Many consider him the greatest composer of all time.

Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685. He was taught to play the violin and harpsichord by his father, Johann Ambrosius, a court trumpeter in the service of the Duke of Eisenach. Young Johann was not yet ten when his father died, leaving him orphaned. He was taken in by his recently married oldest brother, Johann Christoph, who lived in Ohrdruf. Because of his excellent singing voice, Bach attained a position at the Michaelis monastery at Lüneberg in 1700. His voice changed a short while later, but he stayed on as an instrumentalist. After taking a short-lived post in Weimar in 1703 as a violinist, Bach became organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt (1703-1707). His relationship with the church council was tenuous as the young musician often shirked his responsibilities, preferring to practice the organ. One account describes a four-month leave granted Bach, to travel to Lubeck where he would familiarize himself with the music of Dietrich Buxtehude. He returned to Arnstadt long after was expected and much to the dismay of the council. He then briefly served at St. Blasius in Mühlhausen as organist, beginning in June 1707, and married his cousin, Maria Barbara Bach, that fall. Bach composed his famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) and his first cantatas while in Mühlhausen, but quickly outgrew the musical resources of the town. He next took a post for the Duke of Sachsen-Weimar in 1708, serving as court organist and playing in the orchestra, eventually becoming its leader in 1714. He wrote many organ compositions during this period, including his Orgel-Büchlein. Owing to politics between the Duke and his officials, Bach left Weimar and secured a post in December 1717 as Kapellmeister at Cöthen. In 1720, Bach's wife suddenly died, leaving him with four children (three others had died in infancy). A short while later, he met his second wife, soprano Anna Magdalena Wilcke, whom he married in December 1721. She would bear 13 children, though only five would survive childhood. The six Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-51), among many other secular works, date from his Cöthen years. Bach became Kantor of the Thomas School in Leipzig in May 1723 and held the post until his death. It was in Leipzig that he composed the bulk of his religious and secular cantatas. Bach eventually became dissatisfied with this post, not only because of its meager financial rewards, but also because of onerous duties and inadequate facilities. Thus, he took on other projects, chief among which was the directorship of the city's Collegium Musicum, an ensemble of professional and amateur musicians who gave weekly concerts, in 1729. He also became music director at the Dresden Court in 1736, in the service of Frederick Augustus II; though his duties were vague and apparently few, they allowed him freedom to compose what he wanted. Bach began making trips to Berlin in the 1740s, not least because his son Carl Philipp Emanuel served as a court musician there. In May 1747, the composer was warmly received by King Frederick II of Prussia, for whom he wrote the gloriously abstruse Musical Offering (BWV 1079). Among Bach's last works was his 1749 Mass in B minor. Besieged by diabetes, he died on July 28, 1750. Read less
Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 9055   Number of Discs: 55
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Bach & Beyond / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 08/01/2010   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 903639   Number of Discs: 14
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All You Need Is Bach / Carpenter
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Catalog: 517826   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Aulos Quartet
Release Date: 06/03/2016   Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)  
Catalog: 9031950   Number of Discs: 1
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Sacred Music - Bach, Handel, Beethoven / Klemperer
Release Date: 08/20/2013   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 935402   Number of Discs: 8
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  • 76.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Pinnock, European Brandenburg Ensemble
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2119 Release Date: 12/18/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Finnis,  Trevor Pinnock,  Catherine Jones,  Jonathan Manson  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Brandenburg Ensemble
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  • 77.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concerti, Orchestral Suites / Busch, Busch Chamber Players
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64047 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marcel Moyse,  Rudolf Serkin,  Adolf Busch,  Aubrey Brain
    Conductor:  Adolf Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch Chamber Players
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  • 78.
    Bach: Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol 3 / Cafe Zimmermann
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 71 Release Date: 09/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
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  • 79.
    Bach: Die Brandenburgischen Konzerte, Etc. / Schreier
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434918 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Irena Grafenauer,  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Maurice Bourgue
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos 1-4 / Baumgartner
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60475 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 81.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Chamber Orch Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431660 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 82.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No 1-4 / Diego Fasolis, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47715 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Diego Fasolis
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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  • 83.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 / Belder, Musica Amphion
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93125 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Irmgard Schaller,  Sayuri Yamagata,  Albert Brüggen,  Pieter-Jan Belder  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
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  • 84.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No 4-6 / Helmut Koch, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8531 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Vol. 2
    Label: American Bach Soloists   Catalog: 5637204461 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Phebe Craig,  Jeffrey [Tenor Vocals/Conductor] Thomas,  Jonathan Dimmock,  John Butt
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Bach Soloists
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  • 86.
    Ultimate Bach - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000765902 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Herman Krebbers,  Heinz Holliger,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Arpád Gerecz,  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 87.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Bashmet, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557755 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stéphane Réty,  Pierre Franck,  Christophe Gaugué,  Giorgio Paronuzzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrés Gabetta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Baroque Soloists
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  • 88.
    Casals Festivals At Prades - 1953-62
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra,  London Collegium Musicum,  Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 89.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / De Vriend, Combattimento
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72149 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Jan Willem de Vriend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Combattimento Consort
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  • 90.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Warchal, Capella Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520007 Release Date: 03/01/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 91.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Concerto Italiano, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30412 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 92.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Munchinger, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Bach: Orchestral Suites, Etc / Kehr, Faerber, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3608 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Günter Höller,  Georg Egger,  Christine Sartoretti,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Günter Kehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Mainz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Bach: Brandenberg Concertos, Orchestral Suites, Etc / Goebel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471656 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Wilbert Hazelzet,  Hendrik Bouman,  Jaap ter Linden,  Robert Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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  • 95.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Linde Consort
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas Edition   Catalog: 61154 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joszef Brejza,  Renate Hildebrand,  Herbert Höver,  Bernard Leguillon  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Linde Consort
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  • 96.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Rampe, La Stravaganza Hamburg
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45255 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Siegbert Rampe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Hamburg
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  • 97.
    Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte No 2, 4 & 6 / Güttler, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1731 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 98.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concerti;  Mozart / Otto Klemperer
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7812 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro musica
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  • 99.
    Trio - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 470934 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Bennett,  John Birch,  Denis Vigay,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 100.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites / Karl Richter
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463657 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerhart Hetzel,  Karl Richter,  Aurčle Nicolet,  Ingo Sinnhoffer  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
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