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Johann Sebastian Bach

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J.S. Bach as painted by Gottlieb Haussmann (circa 1747).


Born: 21 March 1685

Died: 28 July 1750


Johann Sebastian Bach was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, a control of harmonic and motivic organization from the smallest to the largest scales, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

While Bach's fame as an organist was great during his lifetime, he was not particularly well-known as a composer. His adherence to Baroque forms and contrapuntal style was considered "old-fashioned" by his contemporaries, especially late in his career when the musical fashion tended towards Rococo and later Classical styles. A revival of interest and performances of his music began early in the 19th century, and he is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition.

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List of choral works

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Cantatas (BWV1-BWV 224 and BWV 249)

  • Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29

Chorale Harmonizations (BWV 250-BWV 438)

Comparative Editions (Chorales with different harmonizations)

Other works

Editions with texts translated to other languages

Vocal Arrangements based on Bach's works

Misattributed works

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Recordings of interest

Bach: Cantatas for alto

  • Performer: Andreas Scholl, Marcel Ponseele, Markus Markl
  • Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Orchestra
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999);1 Disc
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.

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