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Recommended websites for further information about J S Bach

Well-rounded and in-depth Guardian arts special report including interviews with Sir John Eliot Gardiner talking to Alan Rusbridger, John Butt examining Bach's life, Ian McEwan and Tom Service on what makes Bach special, plus a detailed guide to downloading Bach's music on the internet.


    The top site on Bach. Includes biographical details, portraits and literature; a list of the complete works indexed by BWV number, category, instrument, key, title, year, sources; and user-recommended recordings with similarly comprehensive notes.


      This Bach Archive and the J.S. Bach Bibliography are complementary to the Bach Home Page (above).


        The website of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig - widely recognized as the world's pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship.


          Background information on the cantatas, including texts and translations in several languages. Plus extensive discussion of the recordings.


            Bach Network UK (BNUK) is a newly formed academic research network based in the UK but with an international profile, facilitating the interaction and exchange of ideas between Bach scholars, performers, and colleagues in other disciplines. 

              Read what others have said..

              Edgar Marsh, Hagen, Germany
              http://www.bach-institut.de The website of the Göttingen Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Institute. The website of a research-instutute, which is busy compiling - along with the Bach-Archive Leipzig a new edition of the complete works. They have an interesting link-list, including some of those mentioned here.

              Alberto, Italy
              I would recommend the site "The Canons and Fugues of J. S. Bach" (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/bachindex.html). It is intended as a complete course about the canons and fugues of Bach and contains an exhaustive description of the anatomy of this two kind of compositions plus a section of links to useful essays about Bach's style and time. Of great value is the description and commentary about every fugue of the Well-Tempered Clavier and of the Art of Fugue. A precious site for those who want to deeply understand some of the compositional mastery of Bach.

              ruth Phillips, France
              here's a post on my blog (I'm a celist living in the south of france) which peopple seemed to enjoy! we were playing bach cantata no. 199 at the time. http://meanwhilehereinfrance.blogspot.com/2005/12/bach-cantata-199.html

              Ursula Koehler, Leipzig
              Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, it may be interesting for your visitors, to get an idea of Leipzig, the city, where J. S. Bach was working and living for 27 years and composed most of his works. So please have a look of the following site, which offers interesting facts as well as sights and views of the city http://www.sights-and-culture.com/Germany/Leipzig-1.html Thank you! With kind regards Ursula Koehler

              William Dahdaleh, Broadmere, Basingstoke, UK.
              This site has nearly all Bach's best organ works. These performances are well worth listening to. Almost every thing you need to know. It can only be descriped as great.

              Nikola, Zagreb, Croatia
              dkdf.net is the website dedicated to Bach's Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge). http://www.dkdf.net

              Max Vladimir - Wassaic, New York, USA
              Have you seen the website called "The Face Of Bach"? It is an absolutely fascinating examination of the Bach portraits, and the webmaster has discredited one of the best known images. My best regards, Max Vladimir PS: I almost forgot the URL for "The Face Of Bach": http://www.npj.com/thefaceofbach/

              Dr. Charles T. Shute, Kidderminster
              Lovers of the cantatas of JSB might like this site: http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/works/bachjs/cantindx.html It lists all the cantatas (including spurious and fragmentary) with a brief description of each. The other end of the spectrum from the book by Durr (at £175), but a nice, quick reference. Also fans of JSB's organ music should have a look at: http://www.johann-sebastian-bach.org/ where there are downloads (mostly free), interviews, many other JSB links, and more - worth a visit. Charles

              Leonie, Scotland
              http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Toccata%20and%20Fugue%20in%20D%20Minor Every thing you need to know about Toccata and Fugue

              Anna, South Wales
              http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/faculty/bach/ This site has texts of the complete vocal works with English translations

              Jake Holmes, Hanworth Middlesex.
              www.virtuallybaroque.com This fantastic site has nearly all Bach's best organ works on a variety of different 'sampled' organs. These virtual performances by James Pressler are well worth listening to and free.

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