Johann Sebastian Bach
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1685-03-21
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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach Biography (BBC)

Born in the German town of Eisenach, J. S. Bach was a chorister then violinist before taking his first organist post at Arnstadt while still a teenager. It was in Weimar, as court organist from 1708, that Bach began to produce monthly cantatas, and wrote many of his great organ works, as well as organ transcriptions of concertos by Vivaldi.

In 1717 Prince Leopold offered him the position of Kapellmeister at Cöthen, where he wrote the Brandenburg Concertos, the four Orchestral Suites and the violin concertos, and married his second wife Anna Magdalena, who bore 13 children. Bach's fearsome duties in his final job, as Kantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig from 1723 until his death, involved teaching Latin and Music, choir-training, and writing and directing music for the services.

Nevertheless he managed also to write the Mass in B minor, the six choral Motets, The Art of Fugue, The Musical Offering and Goldberg Variations during this time. His inventive contrapuntalism became unfashionable soon after his death until the early 19th century, since when his reputation has remained unquestioned.

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Johann Sebastian Bach Biography (Wikipedia)

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

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Prelude in G major, BWV568
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Prelude in G major, BWV568
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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo (from BWV54)
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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo (from BWV54)
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Suite for solo Cello No.3 in C major (BWV.1009)
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Suite for solo Cello No.3 in C major (BWV.1009)
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Partita No 2 in C minor, BWV826
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Partita No 2 in C minor, BWV826
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Magnificat (opening)
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Magnificat (opening)
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Prelude and Fugue BWV894
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Prelude and Fugue BWV894
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Violin Concerto in E major, BWV1042
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Violin Concerto in E major, BWV1042
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Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra BWV 1042 - 3rd Movt.
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Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra BWV 1042 - 3rd Movt.
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Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor (BWV.1056) (Moderato; Largo; Presto)
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Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor (BWV.1056) (Moderato; Largo; Presto)
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Partita No. 2 In C Minor Bwv.826 arr. H. Thoene, v. Ciaccona & chorales
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Partita No. 2 In C Minor Bwv.826 arr. H. Thoene, v. Ciaccona & chorales
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Sonata No. 3 In C Major Bwv.1005, iv. Allegro assai
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Sonata No. 3 In C Major Bwv.1005, iv. Allegro assai
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French Suite no 5 in G major BWV 816
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French Suite no 5 in G major BWV 816
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Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor (BWV.1056) (Moderato; Largo; Presto)
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Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor (BWV.1056) (Moderato; Largo; Presto)
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Violin Partita no.3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Gavotte et rondeau
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Violin Partita no.3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Gavotte et rondeau
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Violin Sonata no.3 in C major, BWV 1005 - 'Largo'
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Violin Sonata no.3 in C major, BWV 1005 - 'Largo'
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Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet (BWV.225)
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Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet (BWV.225)
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Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra BWV.1052R
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Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra BWV.1052R
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Cantata no. 82 BWV.82: Aria 'Ich habe genug'
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Cantata no. 82 BWV.82: Aria 'Ich habe genug'
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV54
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV54
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Magnificat in E flat major BWV.243a: Esurientes implevit bonis (Aria)
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Magnificat in E flat major BWV.243a: Esurientes implevit bonis (Aria)
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no.17 (BWV.862)
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no.17 (BWV.862)
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Prelude and Fugue BWV 552
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Prelude and Fugue BWV 552
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Duetto II in F major BWV 803 from Clavierubung III
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Duetto II in F major BWV 803 from Clavierubung III
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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo (from BWV. 209), 1. Allegro
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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo (from BWV. 209), 1. Allegro
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565
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Trio Sonata No 3 in D minor (BWV 527)
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Trio Sonata No 3 in D minor (BWV 527)
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Partita for solo violin No.3 in E major (BWV.1006)
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Partita for solo violin No.3 in E major (BWV.1006)
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Sonata for solo violin No.3 in C major (BWV.1005)
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Sonata for solo violin No.3 in C major (BWV.1005)
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude
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Prelude in Eb minor and Fugue in D# minor, BWV853 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1)
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Prelude in Eb minor and Fugue in D# minor, BWV853 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1)
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Prelude (BWV.999) in C minor (orig for lute)
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Prelude (BWV.999) in C minor (orig for lute)
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Lute Partita in C minor (BWV.997) (Prelude, Fuga, Sarabande, Gigue - Double)
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Lute Partita in C minor (BWV.997) (Prelude, Fuga, Sarabande, Gigue - Double)
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Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra No. 1 in D minor (BWV.1052)
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Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra No. 1 in D minor (BWV.1052)
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Sonata for violin solo No.2 in A minor (BWV.1003)
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Sonata for violin solo No.2 in A minor (BWV.1003)
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