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: Works for Lute Vol 2 / Goran Sollscher
Release Date: 12/04/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 413719   Number of Discs: 1
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The Art of Bach / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30033   Number of Discs: 1
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Heart's Solace - Bach / Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players
Release Date: 04/14/1998   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 60155   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Labadie, Les Violons du Roy
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2723   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gilchrist, Connolly, Egarr
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Aam Records  
Catalog: AAM004   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007

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    Bach: Cello Suites / Colin Carr
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Colin Carr
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    Cello Cafe / Buell Neidlinger
    Label: Vivace   Catalog: 8803 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Domenico Gabrielli,  D. Galli,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Buell Neidlinger
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    J.s. Bach: Suites Bwv 1007 To 1012
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 11077 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jean Geoffroy
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    Bach: Unaccompanied Suites
    Label: Jory Herman   Catalog: 5638088028 Release Date: 05/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jory Herman
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    Convergence: Sopranino Saxophone Across The Centuries
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3252 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Farrell Vernon
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    Bach Cello Suites / William Butt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 654227 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Butt
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    Bach: Cello Suites / Arenas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2051 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas
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    Bach: Suites No  1, 3, 5 / Antoine Tamestit
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5300 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Antoine Tamestit
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    Bassic Bach
    Label: Longhorn Music   Catalog: 2012003 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  DaXun [Double Bass] Zhang
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    Johann Sebastian Bach: The Suites For Violoncello Bwv 1007-1012
    Label: Phaia Music   Catalog: 904 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  André Navarra
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    10 Classic Albums / Mischa Maisky [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001801402 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov,  Daria Hovora,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Zubin Mehta
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    Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Carmine Miranda
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3263 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carmine Miranda
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    Bach: Suites No 1, 2 & 3 / Hopkinson Smith
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8937 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith
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    The Sound of Pablo Casals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 780032 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Alfred Cortot,  Jacques Thibaud,  Otto Schulhof
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Landon Ronald,  Pablo Casals
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    Bach: Cello Suites
    Label: Membran / Documents   Catalog: 233503 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
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    Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Pieter Wispelwey [2 CDs & DVD]
    Label: Evil Penguin Records   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey
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    Bach: Cello Suites
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039275 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Martens
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    Reflections
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3242 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Amit Peled
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
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    Cello Favourites, Vol. 5
    Label: Danica   Catalog: 8222 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Gron,  Jorgen Hald Nielsen
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    Bach: The Six Solo Suites, Viola Version / Luca Ranieri
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 20103 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Luca Ranieri
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    Jacqueline Du Pre - The Complete EMI Recordings [17-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 91934 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frederick Delius,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Gerald Moore,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir Adrian Boult
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    The Sound Of Jacqueline Du Pre
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    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Robert Schumann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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    Bach: Cello Suites / Richard Tunnicliffe
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 396 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Tunnicliffe
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Johann Sebastian Bach


WORKS
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuet - Trio - Polonaise
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio (BWV 1019a)
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante - 3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Affetuoso
3. Allegro
1. --
2. Adagio ma non tanto
3. Allegro
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Kyrie: Christe eleison (Duet)
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo... (Chorus)
Gloria: ...et in terra pax
Gloria: Laudemus te (Aria)
Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi propter (Chorus)
Gloria: Domine Deus (Duet)
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Aria)
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Aria)
Gloria: Cum sancto Spiritu in gloria (Chorus)
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Credo: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Credo: Patrem omnipotentum (Chorus)
Credo: Et in unum Dominum (Duet)
Credo: Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Credo: Crucifixus (Chorus)
Credo: Et resurrexit (Chorus)
Credo: Et in Spiritum sanctum (Aria)
Credo: Confiteor unum baptisma... (Chorus)
Credo: ...Et expecto
Sanctus: Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Benedictus (Aria)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis (da capo) (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Agnus Dei (Aria)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus)
Aria
Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisuono
Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone all Seconda
Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario. a 1 Clav. Andante
Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
Variation 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
Variation 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.
Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
Variation 27 Canone alla Nona
Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Quodlibet
Aria da capo
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Toccata
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 1. Vivace
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 3. Presto
1. Prélude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuet I-II
6. Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Bourree I - Bourree II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Gigue