Johann Sebastian Bach

German Baroque period composer & musician. Born 21 March 1685. Died 28 July 1750
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 King Augustus III 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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Mass in B minor, BWV.232 (Crucifixus)
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Mass in B minor, BWV.232 (Crucifixus)

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Cantata No 126, BWV 126 (Erhalt' uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort)
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Cantata No 126, BWV 126 (Erhalt' uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort)
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Cello Suite no. 1 in G BWV 1007
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Cello Suite no. 1 in G BWV 1007
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Enter the Void (2009) - Air
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Enter the Void (2009) - Air
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV 1008 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV 1008 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV1008: V. Menuet 1 & 2
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV1008: V. Menuet 1 & 2
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Cello Suite No.1 in G BWV1007: I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G BWV1007: I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G BWV1007: I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G BWV1007: I. Prelude
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Cantata No 50, 'Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft'
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Cantata No 50, 'Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft'
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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: Nos. 25 and 30
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Goldberg Variations: Nos. 25 and 30

Goldberg Variations: Nos. 25 and 30

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Goldberg Variations: Nos. 9 and 10
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Goldberg Variations: Nos. 9 and 10

Goldberg Variations: Nos. 9 and 10

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Goldberg Variations: Aria and Variation No. 1
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Goldberg Variations: Aria and Variation No. 1
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Partita in C Minor, BWV 826: Capriccio
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Partita in C Minor, BWV 826: Capriccio
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Zum reinen Wasser er mich weisst (Cantata BWV 112)
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Zum reinen Wasser er mich weisst (Cantata BWV 112)
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Sarabande from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
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Sarabande from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
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'Sanctify Us By Thy Goodness (Cantata no.22, BWV.22)
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'Sanctify Us By Thy Goodness (Cantata no.22, BWV.22)
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Mein Wandel auf der Welt; Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch (Cantata no.56)
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Mein Wandel auf der Welt; Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch (Cantata no.56)
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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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Sarabande (Partita in D minor, BWV 1004)
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Sarabande (Partita in D minor, BWV 1004)
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Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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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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Sheep may safely graze (Cantata BWV.208)
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Sheep may safely graze (Cantata BWV.208)
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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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An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV.653
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An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV.653
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Chromatic Fantasy in D minor, BWV 903
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Chromatic Fantasy in D minor, BWV 903
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Cantata "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam", BWV.7 (Opening chorus)
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Cantata "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam", BWV.7 (Opening chorus)
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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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Sarabande and Gigue from Solo Cello Suite no 1 in G major, BWV.1007
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Sarabande and Gigue from Solo Cello Suite no 1 in G major, BWV.1007
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Prelude and fugue; Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 5 (BWV.850) in D major
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Prelude and fugue; Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 5 (BWV.850) in D major
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Sonata no.3 in G minor, BWV.1029 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata no.3 in G minor, BWV.1029 (2nd mvt)
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Prelude in G Major
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Prelude in G Major
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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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Keyboard Concerto in D major BWV972 (after Vivaldi's RV 230) - Allegro
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Keyboard Concerto in D major BWV972 (after Vivaldi's RV 230) - Allegro
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Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe, BWV 1060
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Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe, BWV 1060
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Violin Sonata No.3 in E major BWV.1016 (3rd & 4th mvts)
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Violin Sonata No.3 in E major BWV.1016 (3rd & 4th mvts)
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Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 889 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 889 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
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Cello Suite No 6 in D major (Prelude)
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Cello Suite No 6 in D major (Prelude)
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Sonata No 1 in G minor for violin solo, BWV 1001
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Sonata No 1 in G minor for violin solo, BWV 1001
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Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (3rd mvt)
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French Suite No 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Gigue)
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French Suite No 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Gigue)
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Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 arr Avital
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Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 arr Avital
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Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
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Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV.1069
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Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV.1069
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (2nd mvt)
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (2nd mvt)
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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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Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846
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Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846
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Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV.542 "Great"
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Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV.542 "Great"
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Fugue in A minor, BWV.947
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Fugue in A minor, BWV.947
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