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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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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French Suite No 1 in D minor, BWV 812
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French Suite No 1 in D minor, BWV 812
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Sonata No.1 in E flat major, BWV.525
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Sonata No.1 in E flat major, BWV.525
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Cantata No 79, Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn' und Schild (opening chorus)
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Cantata No 79, Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn' und Schild (opening chorus)
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Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)
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Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)
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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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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
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III. Corrente from Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV830
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III. Corrente from Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV830
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II. Allemande from Partita No. 1 in Bb Major BWV825
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II. Allemande from Partita No. 1 in Bb Major BWV825
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Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: I. Toccata
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Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: I. Toccata
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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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Tetris theme
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Tetris theme
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Partita No.5 in G BWV829 - Preambulum
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Partita No.5 in G BWV829 - Preambulum
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Prelude from the Suite in E BWV1006a
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Prelude from the Suite in E BWV1006a
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Overture No. 4 in D BWV1069 i. Ouverture
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Overture No. 4 in D BWV1069 i. Ouverture
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Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (Bourrée)
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Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (Bourrée)
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Suite from the Partita in E Major for Violin: Preludio
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Suite from the Partita in E Major for Violin: Preludio
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Goldberg Variations, BWV. 988 - Aria da capo
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Goldberg Variations, BWV. 988 - Aria da capo
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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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Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV.1043 (2nd mvt)
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Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV.1043 (2nd mvt)
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Concerto for violin, harpsichord and orchestra in C minor, BWV.1060
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Concerto for violin, harpsichord and orchestra in C minor, BWV.1060
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Fugue in D minor, BWV 877
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Fugue in D minor, BWV 877
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Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876
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Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876
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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV 1069 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV 1069 (Overture)
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Woferne du den edlen Frieden (Cantata no.41)
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Woferne du den edlen Frieden (Cantata no.41)
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Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: Allemande & Corrente
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Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: Allemande & Corrente
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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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Schaue nicht (Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV.1083)
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Schaue nicht (Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV.1083)
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Sonata III in D Minor BWV 527: III. Vivace
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Sonata III in D Minor BWV 527: III. Vivace
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Trap Boy
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Trap Boy
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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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Ei! Wie schmeckt der Coffee sube; Macdchen, die von harten Sinnen (Coffee Cantata BWV.211
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Ei! Wie schmeckt der Coffee sube; Macdchen, die von harten Sinnen (Coffee Cantata BWV.211
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Komm Jesu, komm, BWV 229 - motet
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Komm Jesu, komm, BWV 229 - motet
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Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Chorale-Prelude Bwv.687
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Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Chorale-Prelude Bwv.687
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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit - Cantata Bwv.106
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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit - Cantata Bwv.106
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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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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 arr Cortot and Hough
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 arr Cortot and Hough
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Organ Concerto in A minor BWV 593, after Vivaldi
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Organ Concerto in A minor BWV 593, after Vivaldi
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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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Prelude In G Major
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Prelude In G Major
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (2nd movement)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (2nd movement)
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St John's Passion, BWV 245 (O Grosse Lieb)
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St John's Passion, BWV 245 (O Grosse Lieb)
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St John's Passion, BWV 245 (Wer hat dich so geschlagen)
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St John's Passion, BWV 245 (Wer hat dich so geschlagen)
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Concerto in A minor BWV.1065 for 4 keyboards and string orchestra
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Concerto in A minor BWV.1065 for 4 keyboards and string orchestra
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Concerto primo per tastiera da Antonio Vivaldi, BWV 972
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Concerto primo per tastiera da Antonio Vivaldi, BWV 972
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Goldberg Variations: BWV 988: II. Variatio 1 a 1 clav
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Goldberg Variations: BWV 988: II. Variatio 1 a 1 clav
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J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
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J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
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Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard No.1 in G major
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Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard No.1 in G major
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Concerto in D major for three violins, BWV 1064 (1st mvt)
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Concerto in D major for three violins, BWV 1064 (1st mvt)
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French Suite No 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (2nd mvt)
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French Suite No 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (2nd mvt)
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Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ, Cantata BWV 116 (Opening Chorus)
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Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ, Cantata BWV 116 (Opening Chorus)
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