Johann Sebastian Bach

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Born: 1685-1750
Nationality: German
Education/Training:
 studied with his father, Johan Ambrosius, who taught him violin and trumpet and later might have learned organ from his brother Johann Christoph; attended St. Michael's School in Lüneburg where he sang in the Matins choir;studied with Johann Pachelbel
Best Known For:
Das Wohltempierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), a collection of 48 fugues and preludes which essentially standardized the practice of equally tempering keyboard instruments; known widely for works for unaccompanied violin and cello; concerti; cantatas; oratorios
Notable Compositions:
Brandenburg concertos; the Goldberg Variations; the English Suites, French Suites, Partitas, and Well-Tempered Clavier; the Mass in B Minor; the St. Matthew Passion; the St. John Passion; The Musical Offering; the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo; the Cello Suites; more than 200 surviving cantatas; and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Assignments:
court musician at Weimar; appointment at the Neukirche in Arnstadt and in Mühlhausen; went to Weimar to become organist and Konzertmeister for the ducal court; Kapellmeister to Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen; finally moved to Leipzig, where he was the cantor of the Thomasschule and Thomaskirche, as well as the Nikolaikirche and Paulanerkirche
Curious Facts: he fathered 20 children; Beethoven referred to Bach as "the immortal god of harmony"
Quotes: "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." -J.S. Bach
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 6 Am Epiphaniasfest (form the Christmas Oratorio)
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/10/2006
REPERTOIRE : Cum sancto spiritu
CONCERTDATES
College Choir Festival 11/13/2004
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 147 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/07/2004
Rejoice! 12/05/2004
Celebrar 12/28/2004
Celebrar 12/28/2005
Celebrar 12/29/2005
Holiday Wonders 12/11/2004
Celebrar 12/29/2004
A Carolful Christmas 12/17/1982
A Carolful Christmas 12/18/1982
A Carolful Christmas 12/19/1982
Renaissance/Baroque Festival 02/03/1979
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/17/1977
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/18/1977
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/19/1977
LAMC Presents: Roger Wagner Chorale On Tour 04/17/1974
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/07/1970
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/07/1970
Claremont Colleges Concert 03/25/1971
North American Congress of the Laity Concert 02/17/1978
Robinson's Beverly Hills 12/08/1985
REPERTOIRE : Fuga sopra il Magnificat
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/05/2004
REPERTOIRE : Canone doppio all' Ottava (In dulci jubilo)
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/05/2004
REPERTOIRE : Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio)
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/05/2004
And the Angels Sang 12/07/2003
And the Angels Sang 12/09/2003
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 4 Fallt mit danken, fallt mit Loben (Bow with thanks, bow with praise)
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/05/2004
Choral Workshop Festival Concert 07/01/1972
Soviet Union Tour: Minsk 05/14/1974
Soviet Union Tour: Kiev 05/19/1974
Soviet Union Tour: Riga, Latvia 05/23/1974
Soviet Union Tour: Moscow 06/01/1974
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 5 Sunday after New Year
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/11/2005
Rejoice! 12/13/2005
REPERTOIRE : Dona Nobis Pacem from B Minor Mass
CONCERTDATES
17th Annual High School Choir Festival 03/20/2006
Sound of the Ages 03/27/1994
Choir Night 01/11/1975
Choir Night 01/12/1975
Choir Night 01/13/1975
REPERTOIRE : Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied (BMV 225)
CONCERTDATES
Cathedral Concert 10/12/2003
Music in the Key of New 11/16/2003
LAMC Presents: Roger Wagner Chorale On Tour 04/17/1974
Annual Christmas Echoes Concert 12/21/1969
El Camino College Christmas Concert 12/19/1969
the little match girl passion 11/13/2011
REPERTOIRE : Preludo from Partita No. 3 in E major, BMV 1006
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: Sonic L.A. 10/23/2003
REPERTOIRE : Christmas Oratorio
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Enchantment 12/15/1979
Holiday Enchantment 12/16/1979
Holiday Enchantment 12/17/1979
LA Phil: Bach and Mozart 12/19/1974
LA Phil: Bach and Mozart 12/20/1974
LA Phil: Bach and Mozart 12/22/1974
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 8 Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt (God so loved the world)
CONCERTDATES
Bach-fest 04/17/2004
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 105 Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht (Lord enter not into judgement with your servant)
CONCERTDATES
Bach-fest 04/17/2004
REPERTOIRE : Double Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe
CONCERTDATES
Bach-fest 04/17/2004
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf (Sleepers, Awake)
CONCERTDATES
Bach-fest 04/17/2004
Annual Choral Christmas Concert 12/20/1970
Annual Choral Christmas Concert 12/20/1970
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 1 (from the Christmas Oratorio)
CONCERTDATES
Sounds of the Season 12/15/2002
REPERTOIRE : Mass in B minor, BMV 232
CONCERTDATES
Bach B Minor Mass 03/09/2008
Bach B Minor Mass 12/08/2000
Bach B Minor Mass 12/09/2000
Mass in B Minor 02/29/1992
Mass in B Minor 04/29/1984
LA Phil: Festival of Choral Masterworks 07/05/1979
Bach Mass in B Minor 03/19/1978
Bach Mass in B Minor 03/28/1970
Mass in B Minor 10/09/1987
Mass in B Minor 10/10/1987
Bach B Minor Mass 01/25/2014
Bach B Minor Mass 01/26/2014
LA Phil: Mass in B Minor 10/04/1984
LA Phil: Mass in B Minor 10/05/1984
LA Phil: Mass in B Minor 10/06/1984
LA Phil: Mass in B Minor 10/07/1984
REPERTOIRE : Magnificat in D
CONCERTDATES
A Holiday to Treasure 12/16/2001
Baroque Brilliance 01/19/1997
LA Phil: Bach & Mozart 08/15/1996
Christmas Festival 12/13/1985
Christmas Festival 12/14/1985
Christmas Festival 12/15/1985
1976 Christmas Concert 12/18/1976
1976 Christmas Concert 12/19/1976
All Bach Concert 04/21/1968
Rejoice! Bach Magnificat 12/16/2012
Fresno Musical Club Concert 10/17/1975
LA Phil: Reich and Bach 05/25/1985
LA Phil: Reich and Bach 05/26/1985
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is Our God)
CONCERTDATES
Baroque Brilliance 01/19/1997
All Bach Concert 04/21/1968
REPERTOIRE : Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci from The Musical Offering
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: Bach & Mozart 08/15/1996
REPERTOIRE : Before Thy Throne I Come Today
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: Bach & Vivaldi 07/06/1996
REPERTOIRE : Ruth wohl (Rest Well)
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: Bach & Vivaldi 07/06/1996
REPERTOIRE : St. John Passion
CONCERTDATES
The Passion According to St. John 04/02/1995
The Passion According to St. John 03/31/1990
The Passion According to St. John 03/21/1981
The Passion According to St. John 03/22/1975
Bach: St. John Passion 03/31/2012
Bach: St. John Passion 04/01/2012
REPERTOIRE : Gott ist Unsre Zuversicht (from Wedding Cantata No. 197)
CONCERTDATES
Sound of the Ages 03/27/1994
REPERTOIRE : St. Matthew Passion
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: The Passion According to St. Matthew 04/11/1991
LA Phil: The Passion According to St. Matthew 04/12/1991
LA Phil: The Passion According to St. Matthew 04/14/1991
St. Matthew Passion 03/19/1988
The Passion According to St. Matthew 04/27/1985
The Passion According to St. Matthew 02/10/1974
Bach: St. Matthew Passion 03/07/2010
LA Phil: The Passion of our Lord According to St. Matthew 04/11/1968
LA Phil: The Passion of our Lord According to St. Matthew 04/12/1968
LA Phil: St. Matthew Passion 03/30/1972
LA Phil: St. Matthew Passion 03/31/1972
LA Phil: St. Matthew Passion 04/02/1972
Bach: St. Matthew Passion 01/31/2015
Bach: St. Matthew Passion 02/01/2015
REPERTOIRE : Ach, Mein Herzliebes Jesulein! (Ah, Dearest Jesus, Holy Child!)
CONCERTDATES
Christmas Round the World 12/16/1989
Christmas Round the World 12/17/1989
REPERTOIRE : Three Christmas Cantatas BWV 36, 63 & 110
CONCERTDATES
Bach Cantatas: 36, 63 & 110 12/12/1982
Bach Cantatas: 36, 63 & 110 12/11/1982
REPERTOIRE : Ich Lasse Dich Nicht
CONCERTDATES
Golden Voices and Gleaming Brass 02/27/1982
Golden Voices and Gleaming Brass 02/28/1982
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 150 Nach die, Herr, Verlanget Mich (Lord, My Soul Doth Thirst for Thee)
CONCERTDATES
Sacred Masterworks 03/22/1980
REPERTOIRE : Christmas Cantata No. 142 (Uns ist ein Kind Geboren)
CONCERTDATES
Joy to the World 12/16/1978
Joy to the World 12/16/1978
Joy to the World 12/17/1978
Joy to the World 12/18/1978
Annual Christmas Echoes Concert 12/21/1969
El Camino College Christmas Concert 12/19/1969
REPERTOIRE : Christen Aetzet Diesen Tag (Cantate, No. 63 & 17)
CONCERTDATES
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/17/1977
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/18/1977
Glories of the Christmas Season 12/19/1977
Christmas with the Chorale 12/15/1973
San Diego Concert 12/11/1977
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 29 (Movements 1, 2, 5 & 8)
CONCERTDATES
The Spirit of Christmas 12/13/1975
The Spirit of Christmas 12/14/1975
REPERTOIRE : Rest Well (St. John Passion)
CONCERTDATES
Choir Night 01/11/1975
Choir Night 01/12/1975
Choir Night 01/13/1975
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 95 Christus, Der ist Mein Leben
CONCERTDATES
The Intimate Bach 02/12/1973
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 32 Liebster Jesu, Mein Verlangen
CONCERTDATES
The Intimate Bach 02/12/1973
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 53 Schlage Doch, Gewuenschte Stunde
CONCERTDATES
The Intimate Bach 02/12/1973
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 26 Ach Wie Fluchtig, Ach Wie Nichtig
CONCERTDATES
The Intimate Bach 02/12/1973
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 78 We Hasten with Eager Yet Faltering Footsteps
CONCERTDATES
Choral Concerts for Young People 02/08/1969
Choral Concerts for Young People 02/08/1969
Claremont Colleges Concert 03/25/1971
North American Congress of the Laity Concert 02/17/1978
REPERTOIRE : Motet No. 1 Sing to the Lord
CONCERTDATES
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/07/1970
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/07/1970
REPERTOIRE : Motet No. 3 Jesu, Meine
CONCERTDATES
Bach, Brahms & Bartok 02/09/1969
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 227 Freude
CONCERTDATES
Bach, Brahms & Bartok 02/09/1969
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 65
CONCERTDATES
Pasadena Concert 12/21/1968
REPERTOIRE : Christ lag in Todesbanden S. 4
CONCERTDATES
All Bach Concert 04/21/1968
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 31 Der Himmel lacht, die Erde Jubilieret
CONCERTDATES
All Bach Concert 04/21/1968
REPERTOIRE : Lobet Den Herrn, Alle Heiden
CONCERTDATES
Christmas Concert 12/22/1967
Rejoice! Bach Magnificat 12/16/2012
REPERTOIRE : Sheep May Safely Graze
CONCERTDATES
7th Annual High School Choir Festival 03/28/1996
REPERTOIRE : Fürchte dich nicht
CONCERTDATES
the little match girl passion 11/13/2011
REPERTOIRE : Cantata No. 50 Nun ist das Heil
CONCERTDATES
LA Phil: Bach, Britten and Mozart 04/11/1974
LA Phil: Bach, Britten and Mozart 04/12/1974
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