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, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he is 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 being orphaned at age 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother Johann Christoph, after which he continued his musical formation 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 organ repertory, 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 during some of his earlier positions, he had difficult relations with his employer, a situation that was little remedied when he was granted the title of court composer by his sovereign, Augustus, Elector of Saxony and King 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 at the age of 65.

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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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Double Concerto in D minor, BWV.1043
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Double Concerto in D minor, BWV.1043
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Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F, BWV 1047
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Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F, BWV 1047

Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F, BWV 1047

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Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G, BWV 1049
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Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G, BWV 1049

Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G, BWV 1049

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Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D, BWV 1050
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Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D, BWV 1050

Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D, BWV 1050

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Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Gotter
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Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Gotter

Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Gotter

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Helen Donath (soprano), Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling (conductor)
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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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Mass in B minor BWV.232: Gloria
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Mass in B minor BWV.232: Gloria
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Concerto in D minor for two violins (1st mvt: Allegro)
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Concerto in D minor for two violins (1st mvt: Allegro)
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Minuet I, II from Violin Partita in E major, BWV 1006
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Minuet I, II from Violin Partita in E major, BWV 1006
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Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
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Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
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Herr, unser Herrscher from St John Passion
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Herr, unser Herrscher from St John Passion
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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080; Contrapunctus 1
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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080; Contrapunctus 1
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)
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Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV.1056
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Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV.1056
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Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
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Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
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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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Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Cantata BWV.54)
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Cantata BWV.54)
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'Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde', from Cantata BWV201
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'Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde', from Cantata BWV201
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Concerto, BWV.978 (after Vivaldi's Violin Concerto RV.310)
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Concerto, BWV.978 (after Vivaldi's Violin Concerto RV.310)
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Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E flat major (BWV 998)
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Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E flat major (BWV 998)
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Trio Sonata in C minor from 'Musikalischen Opfer' (BWV.1079)
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Trio Sonata in C minor from 'Musikalischen Opfer' (BWV.1079)
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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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Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)
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Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)
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Bist du bei mir
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Bist du bei mir
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Komm o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder
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Komm o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder
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Endlich wird mein Joch
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Endlich wird mein Joch
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Sheep may safely graze
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Sheep may safely graze
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French Suite No 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Gavotte)
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French Suite No 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Gavotte)
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Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (St Matthew Passion, BWV.244)
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Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (St Matthew Passion, BWV.244)
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Treues Echo (Cantata no.213, BWV.213)
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Treues Echo (Cantata no.213, BWV.213)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050
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Mass in B minor: Dona nobis pacem
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Mass in B minor: Dona nobis pacem
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Cantata No 32, 'Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen'
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Cantata No 32, 'Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen'
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Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1060 - first movement
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Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1060 - first movement
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Partita in C Minor, BWV 826: I. Sinfonia
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Partita in C Minor, BWV 826: I. Sinfonia
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Lute Suite BWV.996 (Gigue)
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Lute Suite BWV.996 (Gigue)
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Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227, motet
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Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227, motet
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Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh 159
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Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh 159
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229, motet
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229, motet
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Modulating canon from A Musical Offering
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Modulating canon from A Musical Offering
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Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV.1008 for cello solo
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Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV.1008 for cello solo
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Die Kunst der Fuge BWV.1080
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Goldberg Variations BWV.988 (Aria & Variations 1 & 2)
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Goldberg Variations BWV.988 (Aria & Variations 1 & 2)
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Double Concerto BWV.1060 vers. in D minor
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Double Concerto BWV.1060  vers. in D minor
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Prelude (Fantasia) in A minor (BWV.922)
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Prelude (Fantasia) in A minor (BWV.922)
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Sonata No. 3 in E minor, BWV 1016 - 1st movement, Adagio
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Sonata No. 3 in E minor, BWV 1016 - 1st movement, Adagio
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Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio
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Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio
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