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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Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele - chorale-prelude, orch. Schoenberg [orig. for organ, BWV.654]
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Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele - chorale-prelude, orch. Schoenberg [orig. for organ, BWV.654]

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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BMV 1048 III. Allegro
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BMV 1048 III. Allegro
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Sonata no 3 in G Major, Allegro
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Sonata no 3 in G Major, Allegro

Sonata no 3 in G Major, Allegro

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Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in d minor BWV 903
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Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in d minor BWV 903
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Concerto in the Italian style for keyboard (BWV.971) ..., 2nd movement; Andante
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Concerto in the Italian style for keyboard (BWV.971) ..., 2nd movement; Andante
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Concerto in D minor BWV 974
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Concerto in D minor BWV 974
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Dona Nobis Pacem)
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Dona Nobis Pacem)
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Cello Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV.1008 (Prelude)
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Cello Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV.1008 (Prelude)
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Mass in B minor, BWV.232 (Gloria in excelsis Deo; Et in terra pax)
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Mass in B minor, BWV.232 (Gloria in excelsis Deo; Et in terra pax)
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Harpsichord Concerto no 5 in F minor, BWV.1056
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Harpsichord Concerto no 5 in F minor, BWV.1056
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Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
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Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
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Concerto no.6 in F major, BWV.1057 (1st mvt)
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Concerto no.6 in F major, BWV.1057 (1st mvt)
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 in G 1007
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 in G 1007
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Gigue from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Gigue from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Bourrées I & II from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Bourrées I & II from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Sarabande from Cello Suite No 3 in C BWV 1009
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Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV.1041)
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Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV.1041)
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Organ Sonata no.6 in G major, BWV.530 (1st mvt)
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Organ Sonata no.6 in G major, BWV.530 (1st mvt)
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, cantata
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, cantata
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French Suites, No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: I. Allemande
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French Suites, No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: I. Allemande
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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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Fugue in G major 'A la gigue', BWV 577
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Fugue in G major 'A la gigue', BWV 577
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French Suite no.5 in G, BWV.816 (Gigue)
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French Suite no.5 in G, BWV.816 (Gigue)
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Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
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Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
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Prelude No.1 in C major (5 Bach Preludes with cello obligato)
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Prelude No.1 in C major (5 Bach Preludes with cello obligato)
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Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
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Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
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Air, Overture in D major, BWV1068
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Air, Overture in D major, BWV1068
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Partita No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 - Gigue
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Partita No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 - Gigue
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Concerto movement in D, BWV 1045
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Concerto movement in D, BWV 1045
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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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Chorale Prelude BWV 734 "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein"
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Chorale Prelude BWV 734 "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein"
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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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Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV.860 (Well-tempered Klavier, Bk 1)
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Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV.860 (Well-tempered Klavier, Bk 1)
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Fugue in G minor (BWV.542) 'Great' (orig. for organ)
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Fugue in G minor (BWV.542) 'Great' (orig. for organ)
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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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Magnificat BWV 243a in E flat major
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Magnificat BWV 243a in E flat major
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Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 (3rd mvt)
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Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Cantata No 1)
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Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Cantata No 1)
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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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Violin Concerto in D major, after BWV.1053
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Violin Concerto in D major, after BWV.1053
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Adagio (From Oboe Concerto In D Minor)
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Adagio (From Oboe Concerto In D Minor)
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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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Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870
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Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (3rd mvt)
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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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Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)
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Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)
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4 Lieder from the Schemelli songbook (BWV.443, 468, 470 & 439)
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4 Lieder from the Schemelli songbook (BWV.443, 468, 470 & 439)
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Trap Boy
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Trap Boy
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