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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Fugue in E flat major ("St Anne"), BWV 552/2
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Fugue in E flat major ("St Anne"), BWV 552/2
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Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV.540)
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Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV.540)
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Double Concerto BWV.1060 for oboe, violin & strings in C minor
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Double Concerto BWV.1060 for oboe, violin & strings in C minor
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Suite for cello solo no. 3 (BWV.1009) in C major, Courante
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Suite for cello solo no. 3 (BWV.1009) in C major, Courante
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Aria from Angenehmes Wiederau BWV 30a
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Aria from Angenehmes Wiederau BWV 30a
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Concerto no.1 in A minor BWV.1041 for violin and string orchestra
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Concerto no.1 in A minor BWV.1041 for violin and string orchestra
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Musical Offering in C minor, BWV 1079
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Musical Offering in C minor, BWV 1079
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Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major - iii. Allegro assai
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Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major - iii. Allegro assai
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Contrapunctus 11 a 4 (Tripelfuge)
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Contrapunctus 11 a 4 (Tripelfuge)
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
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Sonata No. 2 for violin solo in A minor, BWV 1003 - Andante
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Sonata No. 2 for violin solo in A minor, BWV 1003 - Andante
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Sonata in D minor (BWV.964)
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Sonata in D minor (BWV.964)
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 19 in A major BWV.864
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 19 in A major BWV.864
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor (excerpt)J. S. Bach
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor (excerpt)J. S. Bach
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Prelude and Fugue No 15 in G major BWV 860
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Prelude and Fugue No 15 in G major BWV 860
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Sarabande from Suite No.2 in D minor
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Sarabande from Suite No.2 in D minor
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V. Allegro (Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV596 (after Vivaldi's Op.3 No.11))
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V. Allegro (Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV596 (after Vivaldi's Op.3 No.11))
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English suite for keyboard no. 2 (BWV.807) in A minor, Gigue
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English suite for keyboard no. 2 (BWV.807) in A minor, Gigue
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Sarabande from Partita for violin solo no. 1 (BWV.1002) in B minor
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Sarabande from Partita for violin solo no. 1 (BWV.1002) in B minor
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Concerto for violin and strings in G minor (after BWV.1056)
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Concerto for violin and strings in G minor (after BWV.1056)
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - chorale-prelude (BWV.645) transc. Busoni
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - chorale-prelude (BWV.645) transc. Busoni
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Cantata no. 146 (BWV.146) "Wir mussen durch.viel Trubsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen’,
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Cantata no. 146 (BWV.146) "Wir mussen durch.viel Trubsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen’,
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Cantata no. 108 BWV.108 : Was mein Herz von dir begehrt, ach, das wird mir (aria
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Cantata no. 108 BWV.108 : Was mein Herz von dir begehrt, ach, das wird mir (aria
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