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 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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Widerstehe doch der Sunde, Cantata, BWV 54
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Widerstehe doch der Sunde, Cantata, BWV 54

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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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Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto
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Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto

Mass in B minor - Confiteor and Et expecto

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Brandenburg Concerto No.3
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3
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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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Partita No 3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006 (Prelude)
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Partita No 3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006 (Prelude)
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Concerto For Cor Anglais (Cantata BWV.54)
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Concerto For Cor Anglais (Cantata BWV.54)
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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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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Cantata no.51, BWV.51)
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Cantata no.51, BWV.51)
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV.830 (Toccata)
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV.830 (Toccata)
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)
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Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV903
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Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV903
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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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Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV.1056
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Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV.1056
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244: 68) Chorus - Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder
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St Matthew Passion, BWV.244: 68) Chorus - Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Overture)
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Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (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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Goldberg variations BWV.988: Aria
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Goldberg variations BWV.988: Aria
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Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV.1004: Chaconne
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Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV.1004: Chaconne
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Concerto in D minor BWV.974: Adagio
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Concerto in D minor BWV.974: Adagio
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Fantasia in C minor BWV.906
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Fantasia in C minor BWV.906
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Partita in C minor BWV.997: Prelude
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Partita in C minor BWV.997: Prelude
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Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV535
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Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV535
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Suite for solo cello, No 1 in G major, (BWV 1007)
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Suite for solo cello, No 1 in G major, (BWV 1007)
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Lute Suite No.4 in E major, BWV1006a Gavotte en Rondeau
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Lute Suite No.4 in E major, BWV1006a Gavotte en Rondeau
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Partita for lute in C minor - Gigue - transposed to A minor
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Partita for lute in C minor - Gigue - transposed to A minor
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Partita for lute in C minor BWV997 - Gigue
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Partita for lute in C minor BWV997 - Gigue
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Partita for lute in C minor BWV997 - Gigue
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Partita for lute in C minor BWV997 - Gigue
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The Art of Fugue: Fuga a 3 Soggetti
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The Art of Fugue: Fuga a 3 Soggetti

The Art of Fugue: Fuga a 3 Soggetti

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Mariner (Conductor)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Ia. Praeludio
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Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Ia. Praeludio

Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996: Ia. Praeludio

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Michael Poll
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Wer Weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27
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Wer Weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27
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Prelude (Suite no.1 in G major)
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Prelude (Suite no.1 in G major)
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
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Trio Sonata, [adapted from Trio Sonata No.3 in D minor for organ (BWV.527)]
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Trio Sonata, [adapted from Trio Sonata No.3 in D minor for organ (BWV.527)]
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G (1st mvt, Allegro)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G (1st mvt, Allegro)
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St Matthew Passion - Kommt ihr tochter, helft mir klagen
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St Matthew Passion - Kommt ihr tochter, helft mir klagen
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Brandenburg concerto no. 3 (BWV.1048) in G major
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Brandenburg concerto no. 3 (BWV.1048) in G major
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227
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Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227

Jesu, meine Freude - motet BWV.227

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Aivars Kalejas
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Choir of Latvian Radio
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Orchestra of Latvian Radio
Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. P. Navarro-Alonso): Var. 1
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. P. Navarro-Alonso): Var. 1
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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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Violin Sonata no. 3: Largo
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Violin Sonata no. 3: Largo
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Cello Suite no. 6: Sarabande
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Cello Suite no. 6: Sarabande
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Organ (Trio) Sonata in E minor, BWV.528
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Organ (Trio) Sonata in E minor, BWV.528
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Bach Suite (arr. Mahler)
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Bach Suite (arr. Mahler)
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Gigue from Partita No 3 in E for solo violin (transcr. for piano by Rachmaninov)
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Gigue from Partita No 3 in E for solo violin (transcr. for piano by Rachmaninov)
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Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052R: III Allegro
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Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052R: III Allegro
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Allemande
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Allemande
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Siciliano, BWV 1031 transc Kempff
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Siciliano, BWV 1031 transc Kempff
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