Johann Sebastian Bach
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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 Art of Fugue, 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 has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Western musical canon.

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 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 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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Cantata "Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin" BWV125 (Nos 4-6)
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Cantata "Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin" BWV125 (Nos 4-6)

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Aus tiefer Noth schrey ich zu dir
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Aus tiefer Noth schrey ich zu dir
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Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 1054 (1st mvt)
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Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 1054 (1st mvt)
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BWV 903 Chromatic Fantasy - Prelude
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BWV 903 Chromatic Fantasy - Prelude
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Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 (2nd mvt)
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Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 (2nd mvt)
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Prelude and Fugue in D minor from Book II of 'Das Wohltemperierte Klavier'
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Prelude and Fugue in D minor from Book II of 'Das Wohltemperierte Klavier'
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Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard No 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
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Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard No 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
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Cello Suite No.4 in E flat major, BWV.1010 (Sarabande)
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Cello Suite No.4 in E flat major, BWV.1010 (Sarabande)
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Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A Major, BWV.1055a
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Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A Major, BWV.1055a
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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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Andante (from Violin Sonata in A minor)
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Andante (from Violin Sonata in A minor)
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Fantasia in G major BWV.572
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Fantasia in G major BWV.572
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Orchestral Suite No 1 in C major, BWV 1066 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No 1 in C major, BWV 1066 (Overture)
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Overture in C, BWV119R
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Overture in C, BWV119R
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Partita for violin solo no.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 (Gigue)
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Partita for violin solo no.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 (Gigue)
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English Suite No 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (Prelude)
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English Suite No 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (Prelude)
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Chorale Prelude: "O Lamm Gottes unschudig" arr. Kurtag
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Chorale Prelude: "O Lamm Gottes unschudig" arr. Kurtag
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Let's Gavotte! (BWV 1006a arr. Benjamin Schmid)
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Let's Gavotte! (BWV 1006a arr. Benjamin Schmid)
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 29, 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir')
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 29, 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir')
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French suite no. 5 in G major BWV.816 (Allemande)
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French suite no. 5 in G major BWV.816 (Allemande)
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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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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (1st mvt)
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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (1st mvt)
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Cantata BWV 78 'Jesu, der du meine Seele' - Aria, duetto; "Wir eilen"
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Cantata BWV 78 'Jesu, der du meine Seele' - Aria, duetto; "Wir eilen"
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 146, 'Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal')
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 146, 'Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal')
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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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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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Keyboard Concerto No 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
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Keyboard Concerto No 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
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Suite for orchestra No 3 in D major,BWV 1068
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Suite for orchestra No 3 in D major,BWV 1068
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Es Erhub Sich Ein Streit
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Es Erhub Sich Ein Streit
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Minuet
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Minuet
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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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Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
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Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
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Prelude (E major Partita) arr. Schmid & Breinschmid
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Prelude (E major Partita) arr. Schmid & Breinschmid
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Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor (WTC Book 1)
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Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor (WTC Book 1)
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Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV.1047
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Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV.1047
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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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Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046
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Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046
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Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047
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Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047
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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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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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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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Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
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Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
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Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
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Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
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Violin Sonata No.2 in A Minor, BWV.1003 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Sonata No.2 in A Minor, BWV.1003 (3rd mvt)
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Sonata in E minor BWV.526 (originally in C minor)
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Sonata in E minor BWV.526 (originally in C minor)
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Toccata in D major, BWV 912
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Toccata in D major, BWV 912
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Concerto for two violins, BWV.1043
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Concerto for two violins, BWV.1043
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Fugue in E flat major 'St. Anne', BWV 552
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Fugue in E flat major 'St. Anne', BWV 552
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Concerto in D minor for three harpsichords, BWV 1063
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Concerto in D minor for three harpsichords, BWV 1063
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The Art of Fugue BWV.1080, Nos 1 and 2
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The Art of Fugue BWV.1080, Nos 1 and 2
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