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, 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 art 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 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 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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Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. for Viola)
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Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. for Viola)

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Lute Suite BWV 996: 2. Allemande
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Lute Suite BWV 996: 2. Allemande
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'Jesu bleibet meine Freude' from Cantata BWV 147 arr. for 3 trumpets and organ
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'Jesu bleibet meine Freude' from Cantata BWV 147 arr. for 3 trumpets and organ
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Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
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Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
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Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
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Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
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Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV228
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Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV228
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Improvisation
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Improvisation
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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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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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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 25 a 2 Clav
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 25 a 2 Clav
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Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, No. 5, BWV 639
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Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, No. 5, BWV 639
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Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft (Cantata no.50, BWV.50)
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Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft (Cantata no.50, BWV.50)
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Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten (Cantata, BWV.207a)
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Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten (Cantata, BWV.207a)
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Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56
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Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
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Suite no. 1 in G major BWV.1007 for cello solo i Allemande
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Suite no. 1 in G major BWV.1007 for cello solo i Allemande
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Sanctus)
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Sanctus)
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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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Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV.1067 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV.1067 (Overture)
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
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Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
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The Art of Fugue BWV.1080 (Contrapunctus 12)
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The Art of Fugue BWV.1080 (Contrapunctus 12)
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Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (cantata)
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Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (cantata)
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Three Chorales
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Three Chorales
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Sarabande, from 'Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004'
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Sarabande, from 'Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004'
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Ciaccona (Partita in D minor BWV 1004)
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Ciaccona (Partita in D minor BWV 1004)
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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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'Wie zittern und wanken' from Cantata BWV 105
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'Wie zittern und wanken' from Cantata BWV 105
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Jesu, joy of man's desiring
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Jesu, joy of man's desiring
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Sarabande (excerpt Cello Suite No 5 in C minor, BWV 1011)
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Sarabande (excerpt Cello Suite No 5 in C minor, BWV 1011)
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Double Violin Concerto - movement 1
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Double Violin Concerto - movement 1
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Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008 iii) Courante
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Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008 iii) Courante
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Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007 i) Prelude
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Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007 i) Prelude
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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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Cantata no. 134 BWV.134: 'Wir danken und preisen' (duet)
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Cantata no. 134 BWV.134: 'Wir danken und preisen' (duet)
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Prelude in F minor, BWV 857 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude in F minor, BWV 857 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671
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Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671
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Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
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Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
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Father God in Eternity BWV 669
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Father God in Eternity BWV 669
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Fantasia super Komm Heiliger Geist BWV 651
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Fantasia super Komm Heiliger Geist BWV 651
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Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor BWV.903 for keyboard
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Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor BWV.903 for keyboard
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Orchestral Suite No.3 BWV.1068 (Air)
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Orchestral Suite No.3 BWV.1068 (Air)
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Overture in G minor (BWV.1070)
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Overture in G minor (BWV.1070)

Overture in G minor (BWV.1070)

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Berlin Academy for Early Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for oboe, violin and strings, BWV 1060; 3rd mvt
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Concerto in D minor for oboe, violin and strings, BWV 1060; 3rd mvt
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Herr, dein Mitleid (from Christmas Oratorio)
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Herr, dein Mitleid (from Christmas Oratorio)
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Höchster, mache deine Güte (from Cantata BWV 51)
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Höchster, mache deine Güte (from Cantata BWV 51)
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Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (from Cantata BWV 162)
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Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (from Cantata BWV 162)
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Gavottes 1 and 2 from Cello Suite No.6
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Gavottes 1 and 2 from Cello Suite No.6
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Fuge in G minor, BWV 578
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Fuge in G minor, BWV 578
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Fugue in B minor BWV.869 (Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no.24)
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Fugue in B minor BWV.869 (Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no.24)
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Re-invention No.1
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Re-invention No.1
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