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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Concerto for 4 keyboards in A minor, BWV 1065
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Concerto for 4 keyboards in A minor, BWV 1065

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Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio
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Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio
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Concerto in A minor for flute, violin and keyboard, BWV 1044 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in A minor for flute, violin and keyboard, BWV 1044 (3rd mvt)
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Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1055, 3rd movement
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Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1055, 3rd movement
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Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1st mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1st mvt)
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Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
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Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
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Cantata No 140 (Opening chorus, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
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Cantata No 140 (Opening chorus, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
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Jesus richte mein Beginnen (Christmas Oratorio, BWV.248)
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Jesus richte mein Beginnen (Christmas Oratorio, BWV.248)
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Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben (Christmas Oratorio, BWV.248)
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Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben (Christmas Oratorio, BWV.248)
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Chorus: Magnificat anima mea, (Magnificat in D), BWV.243
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Chorus: Magnificat anima mea, (Magnificat in D), BWV.243
Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale Prelude BWV 729 'In dulci jubilo'
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Chorale Prelude BWV 729 'In dulci jubilo'
Johann Sebastian Bach
French Suite no.5 in G BWV.816 (Allemande; Courante)
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French Suite no.5 in G BWV.816 (Allemande; Courante)
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Jauchzet, frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)
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Jauchzet, frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)
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Partita in A minor for flute, BWV 1013 (Allemande; Courante)
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Partita in A minor for flute, BWV 1013 (Allemande; Courante)
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Coffee, I must have coffee (Coffee-Cantata, BWV.211)
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Coffee, I must have coffee  (Coffee-Cantata, BWV.211)
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Suite for orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV.1069 (vers. standard)
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Suite for orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV.1069 (vers. standard)
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Cello Suite no. 3 in C major BWV.1009 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite no. 3 in C major BWV.1009 - Sarabande
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Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV.552 'St Anne'
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Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV.552 'St Anne'
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Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV.1034 (2nd mvt)
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Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV.1034 (2nd mvt)
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Come, you tempted sinners (Cantata no.30 BWV.30)
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Come, you tempted sinners (Cantata no.30 BWV.30)
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Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV999
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Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV999
Bach/Busoni & Nicholas Angelich
Bach/Busoni: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
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Bach/Busoni: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
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Flute Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 - 1st movement, Allegro
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Flute Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 - 1st movement, Allegro
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Viola da Gamba Sonata no.1 in G major BWV.1027
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Viola da Gamba Sonata no.1 in G major BWV.1027
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Widerstehe doch der Sunde, Cantata, BWV 54
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Widerstehe doch der Sunde, Cantata, BWV 54
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O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV.118 (excerpt)
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O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV.118 (excerpt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051 - Allegro
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051 - Allegro
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)
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Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)
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Sinfonia - Cantata 29
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Sinfonia - Cantata 29
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Flute Sonata in C Major BWV 1033: Allegro
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Flute Sonata in C Major BWV 1033: Allegro
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
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Sonata in A minor - Presto
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Sonata in A minor - Presto
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
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Toccata and Fugue in D 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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Prelude and fugue for organ (BWV.561) in A minor
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Prelude and fugue for organ (BWV.561) in A minor
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Aria and 1st Variation (Goldberg Variations, BWV.988)
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Aria and 1st Variation (Goldberg Variations, BWV.988)
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Goldberg Variations Bwv.988
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Goldberg Variations Bwv.988

Goldberg Variations Bwv.988

Music Arranger
G Trujillo
Choir
Orchestra
Collegium Delft
Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations: Variation 1 (BWV.988)
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Goldberg Variations: Variation 1 (BWV.988)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. P. Navarro-Alonso): Var. 1
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. P. Navarro-Alonso): Var. 1
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Goldberg Variations, BWV.988 (Aria & Variations 1-4)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV.988 (Aria & Variations 1-4)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Goldberg
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Goldberg
Johann Sebastian Bach
Canons BWV 1072 - 1078 & 1086
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Canons BWV 1072 - 1078 & 1086
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Sheep may safely graze (Cantata BWV.208)
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Sheep may safely graze (Cantata BWV.208)
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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
Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227
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Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227

Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227

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Aivars Kalejas
Choir
Choir of Latvian Radio
Orchestra
Orchestra of Latvian Radio
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor BWV.1043 for 2 violins and string orchestra i 2nd movement; Largo, ma non tanto
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Concerto in D minor BWV.1043 for 2 violins and string orchestra i 2nd movement; Largo, ma non tanto
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