Johann Sebastian Bach

German Baroque period composer & musician. Born 21 March 1685. Died 28 July 1750
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 is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

The Bach family already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in Eisenach. After becoming an orphan at age 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother Johann Christoph Bach, after which he continued his musical development in Lüneburg. From 1703 he was back in Thuringia, working as a musician for Protestant churches in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen and, for longer stretches of time, at courts in Weimar—where he expanded his repertoire for the organ—and Köthen—where he was mostly engaged with chamber music. From 1723 he was employed as Thomaskantor (cantor at St. Thomas) in Leipzig. He composed music for the principal Lutheran churches of the city, and for its university's student ensemble Collegium Musicum. From 1726 he published some of his keyboard and organ music. In Leipzig, as had happened in some of his earlier positions, he had a difficult relation with his employer, a situation that was little remedied when he was granted the title of court composer by King Augustus III of Poland in 1736. In the last decades of his life he reworked and extended many of his earlier compositions. He died of complications after eye surgery in 1750.

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Cantata no. 82 ' Ich habe genug', BWV 82: I. Ich habe genug
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Cantata no. 82 ' Ich habe genug', BWV 82: I. Ich habe genug
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Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
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Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
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English Suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Gavottes I & II
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English Suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Gavottes I & II
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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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Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Cantata no.147)
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Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Cantata no.147)
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Suite for cello solo no. 1 (BWV.1007) in G major, Sarabande
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Suite for cello solo no. 1 (BWV.1007) in G major, Sarabande
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Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Courante
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Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Courante
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Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV.1004, Chaconne
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Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV.1004, Chaconne
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Duet No 1 in E minor for keyboard, BWV 802
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Duet No 1 in E minor for keyboard, BWV 802
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Goldberg Variations, BWV.988 (Aria and Variation 1)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV.988 (Aria and Variation 1)
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Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV.1000
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Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV.1000
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Sinfonia concerto (Cantata No 174, 'Ich liebe den Höchsten')
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Sinfonia concerto (Cantata No 174, 'Ich liebe den Höchsten')
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Gavotte 1 and 2)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Gavotte 1 and 2)
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Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 (2nd mvt)
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Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 (2nd mvt)
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Keyboard Concerto in D Major, BWV 972
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Keyboard Concerto in D Major, BWV 972
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Trio sonata in E minor BWV.526 (originally in C minor)
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Trio sonata in E minor BWV.526 (originally in C minor)
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Cantata: "Widerstehe doch der Sunde" (BWV.54)
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Cantata: "Widerstehe doch der Sunde" (BWV.54)
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Cello suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007
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Cello suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007
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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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Fugue in G major 'A la gigue', BWV 577
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Fugue in G major 'A la gigue', BWV 577
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Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Prelude)
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Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Prelude)
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Brandenburg concerto no. 6 (BWV.1051) in B flat major
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Brandenburg concerto no. 6 (BWV.1051) in B flat major
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Cantata No 118, 'O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht'
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Cantata No 118, 'O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht'
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Prelude and fugue No.5 in D major (BWV.874) from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
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Prelude and fugue No.5 in D major (BWV.874) from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
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Concerto for keyboard and string orch no. 5 (BWV.1056) in F minor
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Concerto for keyboard and string orch no. 5 (BWV.1056) in F minor
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Kommt, ihr Töchter (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)
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Kommt, ihr Töchter (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)
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Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541
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Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541
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Keyboard Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
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Keyboard Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
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Partita for solo violin No.1 in B minor, (BWV.1002)
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Partita for solo violin No.1 in B minor, (BWV.1002)
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Fugue in G Minor for organ, BWV578
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Fugue in G Minor for organ, BWV578
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Concerto for two violins, BWV 1060
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Concerto for two violins, BWV 1060
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (2nd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (2nd mvt)
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English suite for keyboard no. 3 (BWV.808) in G minor: Prelude
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English suite for keyboard no. 3 (BWV.808) in G minor: Prelude
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Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV.230
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Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV.230
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Sarabande from D minor Partita for unaccompanied violin BWV 1004
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Sarabande from D minor Partita for unaccompanied violin BWV 1004
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Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - Sinfonia & Chorus
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Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - Sinfonia & Chorus
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 in G 1007
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 in G 1007
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Gigue from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Gigue from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Bourrées I & II from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Bourrées I & II from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Christmas Oratorio parts 4-6
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Christmas Oratorio parts 4-6
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Menuets 1 & 2, Gigue (Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV.825
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Menuets 1 & 2, Gigue (Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV.825
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Orchestral Suite No 1 in C major, BWV 1066 (Courante)
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Orchestral Suite No 1 in C major, BWV 1066 (Courante)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Overture)
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Organ Sonata No 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
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Organ Sonata No 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
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Concerto for oboe and strings in G minor
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Concerto for oboe and strings in G minor
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