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Johann Sebastian Bach


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: French Suites, BWV 812-817 / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 06/30/2017   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002683802   Number of Discs: 1
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J.S. Bach: Musikalisches Opfer / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 10/09/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2151   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
Release Date: 10/01/1996   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 14635   Number of Discs: 2
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Bach: Cantatas for Christmas / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records  
Catalog: 178   Number of Discs: 6
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Bach For Meditation
Release Date: 05/17/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557650   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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  • 27.
    Essential Bach
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95424 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Catherine Latham,  Iona Brown,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 28.
    Essential Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95429 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Finley,  William Bennett,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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  • 29.
    Bach Handel 300 / Graziano Mandozzi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415110 Release Date: 02/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Graziano Mandozzi
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  • 30.
    James Galway - Celebrating 70: A Collection Of Personal Favorites
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 742201 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Joseph Gossec,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Sarah Cunningham,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Eduardo Mata,  Charles Gerhardt,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb,  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 32.
    Eternal Bach
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578024 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland,  János Sebestyén,  Christine Pichlmeier,  Lisa Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Mátyás Antal,  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Classical Evergreens
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182802 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  Karl Suske,  Walter Olbertz,  Jürnjakob Timm  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutschland Sender Orchestra Berlin,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 34.
    Der Goldene Pavillon Vol 2
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182672 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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  • 35.
    The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies Vol 2 / Hahn, Fey, Rilling, Schulz, Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98524 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 36.
    Bach Beat / Brian Slawson
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47274 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Brian Slawson
    Performer:  Brian Slawson
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  • 37.
    O'Reilly Street / James Galway, Tiempo Libre
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 732164 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Bolling,  Jorge Gomez,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Galway,  Jorge Gomez,  Tiempo Libre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiempo Libre
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  • 38.
    Greatest Works - Bach / Koch, Schreier, Sanderling, Biggs, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184252 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Herbert Collum,  Thomas Zehetmair,  Hans Pischner,  E. Power Biggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Kurt Sanderling,  Helmut Koch,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Bach Soloists,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Saturday Morning Coffee - Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Et Al / Allan Spencer Mallet Choir
    Label: Asmc   Catalog: 5637202499 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Allan Spencer,  Michael Downing,  Sarah Basiletti,  Dylan Locke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Allan Spencer Mallet Choir
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  • 40.
    40 Most Beautiful Spring Classics - Vivaldi, Glazunov, Copland, Etc / Masur, Koopman, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447100 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Soile Isokoski,  Marita Viitasalo,  Annie d'Arco  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rudolf Bibl,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Instrumental Ensemble,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Bach / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7346 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christopher Dedrick
    Performer:  Bernhard Scully,  Eugene Watts,  Christopher Lee,  Charles Daellenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Moody
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 42.
    Clowning Around / London Brass
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46069 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Stephen Foster,  Julius Fucik,  Jan Koetsier  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Crowley,  Mark Bennett,  Robert Farley,  Anne McAneny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
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  • 43.
    Beauty And The Beatbox / Swingle Singers, Shlomo, Et Al
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Walter Murphy
    Performer:  Shlomo,  Joanna Goldsmith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vocal Orchestra,  Swingle Singers
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  • 44.
    Gaubert: Les Chants De Mer - Recordings 1927-1940
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 801 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Philippe Gaubert  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Gaubert
    Conductor:  Philippe Gaubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 45.
    Fantastic Flute - Gluck, Et Al / Wolfgang Schulz, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28092 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Roman Hoffstetter,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schulz,  Atsuko Wada,  Naoko Yoshino
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  • 46.
    Bach For My Baby
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 89585 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Bob van Asperen,  Marion Verbruggen,  John Holloway,  Paul Goodwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Bob van Asperen,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Andrew Parrott,  Sir Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melante Amsterdam,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Taverner Players  ... 
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  • 47.
    Baby Got Bach / Lumiere String Quartet
    Label: Lumiere Records   Catalog: 5637381127 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sato Moughalian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lumiere String Quartet
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  • 48.
    The Essential James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Aram Khachaturian,  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Tamezo Narita  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
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  • 49.
    Bach: Works For Trumpet / Alison Balsom, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 58047 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Colm Carey,  Mark Caudle,  Alina Ibragimova  ... 
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  • 50.
    Enfants Classiques - Le Meilleur De Bach
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84395 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Hae-Won Chang,  Petri Alanko,  Jukka Rautasalo,  Chen Pi-hsien  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky,  Walter Babiak,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia,  Toronto Boys' Choir,  Studio Arts Orchestra  ... 
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