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, 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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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV.1069 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV.1069 (Overture)
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Cantata 'Christ lag in Todesbanden', BWV 4
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Cantata 'Christ lag in Todesbanden', BWV 4
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Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Cantata No 180)
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Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Cantata No 180)
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Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: I. Sinfonia
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Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: I. Sinfonia
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata No 140)
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata No 140)
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Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV 863 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV 863 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV 867 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV 867 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Suite no. 3 in C major BWV.1009; Sarabande
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Suite no. 3 in C major BWV.1009; Sarabande
Johann Sebastian Bach
English suite no. 3 in G minor BWV.808 (5th & 6th mvts)
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English suite no. 3 in G minor BWV.808 (5th & 6th mvts)
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Saraband from Cello Suite no. 4
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Saraband from Cello Suite no. 4
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048
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Ich habe genug (Cantata No 82)
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Ich habe genug (Cantata No 82)

Ich habe genug (Cantata No 82)

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Orchestra of Emmanuel Music
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St. Matthew Passion - Opening Chorus (BWV.244:1)
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St. Matthew Passion - Opening Chorus (BWV.244:1)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Flute Sonata in E flat BWV 1031
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Flute Sonata in E flat BWV 1031
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'Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland', BWV 659
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'Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland', BWV 659
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minorm, BWV.1043
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minorm, BWV.1043
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Mass in B minor Cum sancto spiritu
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Mass in B minor Cum sancto spiritu
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Cello Suite No.6 - Gavottes 1 and 2
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Cello Suite No.6 - Gavottes 1 and 2
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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (3rd mvt)
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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (3rd mvt)
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Partita No 4 in D major for keyboard, BWV 828 (Allemande)
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Partita No 4 in D major for keyboard, BWV 828 (Allemande)
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Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
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Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
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Organ Sonata No 5, BWV 529 (1st mvt)
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Organ Sonata No 5, BWV 529 (1st mvt)
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Et in unum Dominum)
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Et in unum Dominum)
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Cantata 5)
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Cantata 5)
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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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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo after BWV 209
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Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo after BWV 209
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Chorale-Prelude 'Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt', BWV 957
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Chorale-Prelude 'Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt', BWV 957
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
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Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)
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Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata No 140)
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata No 140)
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Willkommen! will ich sagen (Cantata BWV.27)
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Willkommen! will ich sagen (Cantata BWV.27)
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Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit, BWV.226
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Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit, BWV.226

Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit, BWV.226

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Aivars Kalejas
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Choir of Latvian Radio
Johann Sebastian Bach
Improvisation on Partita in B flat major BWV 825
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Improvisation on Partita in B flat major BWV 825
Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
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A Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar a 6 orch Webern)
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A Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar a 6 orch Webern)
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Cantata BWV.54)
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Cantata BWV.54)
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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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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Solo violin sonata in C major BWV.1005 (Allegro Assai)
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Solo violin sonata in C major BWV.1005 (Allegro Assai)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale-Prelude, BWV 645 (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
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Chorale-Prelude, BWV 645 (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
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Toccata in D minor
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Toccata in D minor
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Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (Bourrée)
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Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (Bourrée)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for four keyboards BWV1065
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Concerto for four keyboards BWV1065
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Partita no. 2, BWV 826: I. Sinfonia
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Partita no. 2, BWV 826: I. Sinfonia
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, BWV 848
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, BWV 848
Johann Sebastian Bach
French suite for keyboard no.2 (BWV.813) in C minor
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French suite for keyboard no.2 (BWV.813) in C minor
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