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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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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Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV 1010: Gigue
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Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV 1010: Gigue
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Concerto in D (after Vivaldi), BWV.972
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Concerto in D (after Vivaldi), BWV.972
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Contrapunctus 1 (Art of Fugue)
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Contrapunctus 1 (Art of Fugue)
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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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Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra no. 5 (BWV.1056)
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Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra no. 5 (BWV.1056)
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Re-invention No.1
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Re-invention No.1
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Prelude No. 1 In C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870
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Prelude No. 1 In C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870
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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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Concerto for keyboard and 2 recorders No.6 in F major, BWV.1057
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Concerto for keyboard and 2 recorders No.6 in F major, BWV.1057
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Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
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Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
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Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055
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Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055
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Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Cantata no.199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut)
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Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Cantata no.199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut)
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008; Prelude & Gigue
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008; Prelude & Gigue
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007; Prelude & Allemande
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007; Prelude & Allemande
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Concerto in G major, BWV592
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Concerto in G major, BWV592
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Prelude and fugue in G major BWV.541
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Prelude and fugue in G major BWV.541
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Chorale Prelude (BWV.654) orch. Schoenberg
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Chorale Prelude (BWV.654) orch. Schoenberg
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Sonata in D minor (BWV.964)
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Sonata in D minor (BWV.964)
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Selig ist der Mann, cantata, BWV 57
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Selig ist der Mann, cantata, BWV 57
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Cello Suite No 6 in D major, BWV 1012
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Cello Suite No 6 in D major, BWV 1012
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Easter Oratario, BWV 249
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Easter Oratario, BWV 249
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Oratorium Festo Ascensionis Christi: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (mvt 1, Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen) (Ascension Oratorio)
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Oratorium Festo Ascensionis Christi: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (mvt 1, Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen) (Ascension Oratorio)
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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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Solo violin sonata no.1, BWV.1001 (Presto)
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Solo violin sonata no.1, BWV.1001 (Presto)
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Oster-oratorio [Easter oratorio] (BWV.249)
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Oster-oratorio [Easter oratorio] (BWV.249)
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Cantata no. 82 BWV.82: Ich habe genug
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Cantata no. 82 BWV.82: Ich habe genug
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Cello Suite No.3 In C Major: Bouree
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Cello Suite No.3 In C Major: Bouree
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Markus Passion BWV247 Recitativo "Und etliche, die dabei stunden" and Chor "Bei deinam grab under Leichenstein"
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Markus Passion BWV247 Recitativo "Und etliche, die dabei stunden" and Chor "Bei deinam grab under Leichenstein"
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Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga
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Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga
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Prelude & Fugue in D major (BWV.532) transcribed Busoni
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Prelude & Fugue in D major (BWV.532) transcribed Busoni
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232
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Toccata and Fugue BWV 565
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Toccata and Fugue BWV 565
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Concerto for 2 violins
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Concerto for 2 violins
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St Mark Passion: Nos.17-19
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St Mark Passion: Nos.17-19
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Chroale Prelude 'Christ ist erstanden' BWV 746
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Chroale Prelude 'Christ ist erstanden' BWV 746
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Cantata no. 4 BWV. 4: Sinfonia & 'Christ Lag in Todensbanden'
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Cantata no. 4 BWV. 4: Sinfonia & 'Christ Lag in Todensbanden'
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Double Concerto in C minor (BWV.1060)
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Double Concerto in C minor (BWV.1060)
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Partita No 3 for violin in E major, BWV 1006 (1st mvt)
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Partita No 3 for violin in E major, BWV 1006 (1st mvt)
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Matthauspassion BWV.244 (Mache dich, mein Herze)
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Matthauspassion BWV.244 (Mache dich, mein Herze)
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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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St John Passion - liturgical reconstruction Part 2
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St John Passion - liturgical reconstruction Part 2
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Cantata "Jachzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 - Nos. 4 & 5: Chorale & Alleluja
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Cantata "Jachzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 - Nos. 4 & 5: Chorale & Alleluja
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So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)
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So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)
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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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Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 898
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Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 898
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
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Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
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Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42 - cantata
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Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42 - cantata
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Komm Jesu, komm, BWV 229 - motet
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Komm Jesu, komm, BWV 229 - motet
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