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 Art of Fugue, 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 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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Ricercar a 6 (A Musical Offering, BWV.1079)
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Ricercar a 6 (A Musical Offering, BWV.1079)

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Italian Concerto - 3rd mvt: Presto
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Italian Concerto - 3rd mvt: Presto
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St. Matthew Passion, BWV.244 (Mache dich, mein Herze)
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St. Matthew Passion, BWV.244 (Mache dich, mein Herze)
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Freue dich, erloste Schar (Cantata no.30, BWV.30)
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Freue dich, erloste Schar (Cantata no.30, BWV.30)
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Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV1066
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Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV1066
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Jesu meine Freude, BWV.227
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Jesu meine Freude, BWV.227
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Cello Suite No 6 in D Major, Gigue
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Cello Suite No 6 in D Major, Gigue
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Orchestral Suite No 3, in D major, BWV 1068
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Orchestral Suite No 3, in D major, BWV 1068
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Cantata no. 114 BWV.114: 'Wo wird in diesem Jammertale'
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Cantata no. 114 BWV.114: 'Wo wird in diesem Jammertale'
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4 Schemelli Chorales (BWV.478, 484, 492 and 502)
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4 Schemelli Chorales (BWV.478, 484, 492 and 502)
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Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor (BWV.1004)
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Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor (BWV.1004)
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Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 850 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 850 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Organ Sonata No.3, BWV.527 (3rd mvt)
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Organ Sonata No.3, BWV.527 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (3rd mvt)
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, BWV 848
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, BWV 848
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Concerto in D, BWV.974: 2) Adagio
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Concerto in D, BWV.974: 2) Adagio
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Badinerie (Orchestral Suite no.2, BWV.1067)
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Badinerie (Orchestral Suite no.2, BWV.1067)
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Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 (Badinérie)
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Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 (Badinérie)
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847
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Meditation sur le premier prelude de Bach (Ave Maria)
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Meditation sur le premier prelude de Bach (Ave Maria)
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Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV.881 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV.881 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Sonata no. 3 in E major BWV.1016 for violin and keyboard, 4th mvt. Allegro
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Sonata no. 3 in E major BWV.1016 for violin and keyboard, 4th mvt. Allegro
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Sonata no. 3 in E major BWV.1016 for violin and keyboard, 1st Mvt. Adagio
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Sonata no. 3 in E major BWV.1016 for violin and keyboard, 1st Mvt. Adagio
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Chaconne in D minor, from 'Partita No. 2, BWV 1004' arr. Brahms
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Chaconne in D minor, from 'Partita No. 2, BWV 1004' arr. Brahms
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Prelude and fugue BWV.846
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Prelude and fugue BWV.846
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Cello suite no.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011
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Cello suite no.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011
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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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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, BWV 848
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, BWV 848
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Goldberg Variations: Variation 30 (Quodlibet); Aria da capo
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Goldberg Variations: Variation 30 (Quodlibet); Aria da capo
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Cantata No.170 "Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust" (BWV.170)
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Cantata No.170 "Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust" (BWV.170)
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Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto
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Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto

Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto

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Brandenburg Concerto No.3
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3
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Suite for orchestra No 1 in C major BWV.1066
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Suite for orchestra No 1 in C major BWV.1066
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Partita No 3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006 (Prelude)
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Partita No 3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006 (Prelude)
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Concerto For Cor Anglais (Cantata BWV.54)
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Concerto For Cor Anglais (Cantata BWV.54)
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Invention No.13 in A minor, BWV.784
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Invention No.13 in A minor, BWV.784
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Cantata no.51, BWV.51)
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Cantata no.51, BWV.51)
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV.830 (Toccata)
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV.830 (Toccata)
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV903
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Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV903
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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
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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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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244: 68) Chorus - Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244: 68) Chorus - Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder
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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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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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Goldberg variations BWV.988: Aria
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Goldberg variations BWV.988: Aria
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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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