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.

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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050

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Prelude and fugue; Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 10 (BWV.855) in E minor
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Prelude and fugue; Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 10 (BWV.855) in E minor
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Cantata: 'Ich hatte viel Bekummernis' BWV.21
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Cantata: 'Ich hatte viel Bekummernis' BWV.21

Cantata: 'Ich hatte viel Bekummernis' BWV.21

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Solisti e Chorus of Swiss-Italian Radio
Ensemble Vanitas Lugano
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Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio, BWV 249)
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Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio, BWV 249)
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Carrousel
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Carrousel
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Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! (Cantata No 70)
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Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! (Cantata No 70)
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Bach: Partita No 5 in G, BWV 829
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Bach: Partita No 5 in G, BWV 829
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Harpsichord Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV.1052: i) Allegro
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Harpsichord Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV.1052: i) Allegro
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Sonata for violin solo no.2, BWV.1003 (Allegro)
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Sonata for violin solo no.2, BWV.1003 (Allegro)
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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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Concerto for 2 violins and string orchestra (BWV.1043) in D minor
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Concerto for 2 violins and string orchestra (BWV.1043) in D minor
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Prelude and fugue in E flat major BWV.552, 'St Anne'
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Prelude and fugue in E flat major BWV.552, 'St Anne'
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Musical Offering BWV 1079: Ricercare à 3
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Musical Offering BWV 1079: Ricercare à 3
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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus VI and IX
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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus VI and IX
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Sonata in F minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1018: Largo and Allegro
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Sonata in F minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1018: Largo and Allegro
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'Christ lag in Todesbanden', BWV 4 - vs. 3: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn
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'Christ lag in Todesbanden', BWV 4 - vs. 3: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn

'Christ lag in Todesbanden', BWV 4 - vs. 3: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn

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Orfeó Català de Barcelona
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Lluis Millet
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Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother, BWV 992
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Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother, BWV 992
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Cantata BWV 76 "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" - Die Himmel erzählen
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Cantata BWV 76 "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" - Die Himmel erzählen
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Partita No 2 in D minor for violin solo, BWV 1004 (Sarabande)
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Partita No 2 in D minor for violin solo, BWV 1004 (Sarabande)
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Concerto No. 3 Brandenburg In G Major
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Concerto No. 3 Brandenburg In G Major
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Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: I. Sonata. Grave. Adagio
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Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: I. Sonata. Grave. Adagio
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Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045
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Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045
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The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3
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The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3
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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (3rd mvt)
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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (3rd mvt)
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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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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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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria and Variations 1-10)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria and Variations 1-10)
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Oboe Concerto in F major reconstructed from BWV.1053
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Oboe Concerto in F major reconstructed from BWV.1053
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Invention no. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
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Invention no. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
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Sonata no. 2 in D major BWV.1028
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Sonata no. 2 in D major BWV.1028
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Fuge in G minor, BWV 578
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Fuge in G minor, BWV 578
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244 (Make me clean, my heart, from sin)
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244 (Make me clean, my heart, from sin)
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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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Sarabande (Cello Suite No 1)
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Sarabande (Cello Suite No 1)
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Courante (Cello Suite No 1)
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Courante (Cello Suite No 1)
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043
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Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043
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Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV.1052R (1st mvt)
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Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV.1052R (1st mvt)
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Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr' - chorale-prelude for organ, BWV.662
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Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr' - chorale-prelude for organ, BWV.662
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Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin (Loure)
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Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin (Loure)
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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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Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV.831 (Overture)
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Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV.831 (Overture)
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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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Chorus: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8
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Chorus: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8
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Toccata in C minor, BWV.911
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Toccata in C minor, BWV.911
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Fantasy and fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach's BWV 537)
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Fantasy and fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach's BWV 537)
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Schafe konnen sicher weiden (Cantata, BWV 208)
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Schafe konnen sicher weiden (Cantata, BWV 208)
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 42, 'Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats')
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Sinfonia (Cantata No 42, 'Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats')
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Suite in E major BWV.1006a
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Suite in E major BWV.1006a
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Cello Suite No 2, BWV1008 (transposed into A minor for violin)
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Cello Suite No 2, BWV1008 (transposed into A minor for violin)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Gigue)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Gigue)
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