Arts Music Composition Composers B Bach, Johann Sebastian
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) helped define the Baroque period and is possibly the greatest master of musical counterpoint who ever lived. Contemporaries left record of his virtuoso organ playing while a combination of desire and economic necessity led him to produce one of the largest bodies of music by any one person.

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Bach Bibliography
A searchable catalogue of books, articles, theses, papers and facsimile editions on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Bach Central Station
A large directory of J.S. Bach resources on the internet.
Bach's Leipzig in pictures, 1725-1750
Contemporary prints of Bach's Leipzig showing familiar scenes and some lesser-known facets of Leipzig city life, institutions and facilities. Of unusual interest is the city's piped fresh water supply.
Bach's Life in Pictures
Color illustrations with captions and music samples documenting the major periods in Bach's life.
Bach's Method of Transcription
Study of his compositional ideas using the clavier transcription (BWV 964) of the A minor Sonata for solo violin (BWV 1003). Includes musical notation to illustrate the author's points.
Bach's organ works complete BWV listing
Complete BWV listing of Bach's Organ Works with links to CD recordings on Silbermann Organs from the Baroque Music Club.
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750), Germany
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
brief biography, caricature, summaries of his choral and vocal, organ, other keyboard, chamber, orchestral, and concerto output, and Naxos discography.
Bach, Mozart, and the Musical Midwife
Speculation preceding examination of known facts about Amadeus transcribing music by Sebastian. Includes looks at other related composers and certain theoretical studies.
Bach-Archiv Leipzig
"Our purpose is to collect and examine literary and documentary material about the life, work and history of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family - and to present his work to the public through exhibitions, lectures, guided tours and publications." Site in English and German.
Classic Cat
Directory of free Bach mp3s made available by the performing artists.
Classical Music Archives: J.S.Bach
Over 1500 complete compositions in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists. Includes two biographies, time line, download and playing instructions, and links to artist pages.
Dave's J.S. Bach Works Catalog
Complete works catalog, directory of internet resources, recommended recordings, MIDI and RealAudio files, images, icons, links, and a monthly quiz and CD giveaway.
Dorset Bach Cantata Club
Information for amateur singers and orchestral players wishing to join a long-established choir and orchestra for weekend study and performance of Bach cantatas and related works.
Early Music Myths
Paul Baker of Diabolus in Musica uses the music of Bach to illustrate perceived problems and solutions to various performance issues, including choir size and instrument choice.
Emmanuel Music
Founded in 1970 by Craig Smith to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended. Includes extensive translations and program notes.
Exeter Bach Society
News of Bach concerts in the Cathedral which support its Music Foundation Trust. Includes contact and membership information and an events diary.
The Global Bach Community
An organization devoted to linking and supporting local Bach organizations worldwide.
Grave of Johann Sebastian Bach
Find a Grave details the burial, reburial, and subsequent moving of the composer's remains to Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany with portrait of composer and photographs of grave plate and church exterior.
The Industrious Herr Bach
Biography, timeline, quotes, key works, suggested recordings and reading, selected works, and links from Humanities Web.
J. S. Bach Texts
Complete vocal works with English translations. Limited permission to copy in programs and program notes.
J. S. Bach: Canons and Fugues
Tim Smith's studies of the composer's life and music, concentrating on the contrapuntal music.
J. S. Bach: His Predecessors
Gives overview of his influences, including the German and Italian keyboard schools, French polyphony and organ music, as well as mathematics.
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Brief chronology, partial list of works with MIDI audio for selected BMV numbers, gallery, and contact information.
J.S. Bach Archive and Bibliography
Biographical information, pictures and the full texts of over forty cantatas.
J.S. Bach Home Page
An extensive biography, tour of Bach's life in Germany, catalog of his works, bibliography, recommended recordings, and links. Award-winning site, maintained by Jan Hanford in North America and Jan Koster in Europe.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Review of the biography by Malcolm Boyd. Emphasizes the book's strengths, including early influences that triggered his creative outbursts.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Biography, musicography, links to related composers, and companion resources from the Here Of A Sunday Morning radio program.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Detailed biography and comments on his music from Grove Music plus MIDI audio, illustrations, and links from Kunst der Fuge.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Detailed biography, covering each period in Bach's life.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Wikipedia article covering formative years, professional life and family life, later years, and legacy with BWV commentary, further reading, internal references, external links, and portrait.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Filmography linked to hundreds of films and television shows using his works with biography, trivia, and links from the Internet Movie Database.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Hymn tunes by him or based on his works with MIDI audio and NWC format scores plus portrait. From the Cyberhymnal.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Listing at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with German lyrics, many having English translations.
Johann Sebastian BACH Cantata 198: The Trauer Ode.
Mourning Ode on the death of Queen Christiana of Poland/Saxony, 1727. Illustrated history, full text, and music samples.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Achievement
Article examining the role the composer's works had in helping to reunite a Europe torn by post-Reformation conflict even as it became the standard upon which almost all subsequent Western music was based.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
Review of the biography by Christoph Wolff details the book's contents and points out highlights.
The London Bach Society
Provides newsletter, details of the annual Bach festival, history of the organisation, database of his works and details of sponsorship and membership.
mfiles - Johann Sebastian Bach
Biography and music examples in the form of sheet music and sound files.
Music History 102: Johann Sebastian Bach
Biography, illustrations, and Real Audio RAM files from the Internet Public Library. Written by Robert Sherrane, Cataloging librarian The Juilliard School, New York.
Music of Intellect: Bach's Goldberg Variations
Detailed study of the intellectual and psychological dimensions of one of these works. Includes MIDI audio samples plus pianistic information about Schoenberg, Schumann, and Mari Kumamoto.
On Bach and the Curved Bow
A review of Michael Bach's performance of Bach's solo cello suites (Mode Records) using a curved cello bow which allows him to play chords without arpeggiation. Review considers the significance and historical implications of the curved bow in the performance of Bach's music.
Oregon Bach Festival
A summer festival held in Eugene, Oregon directed by Helmuth Rilling. Booking information and schedules of concerts and master classes.
A Study of the Texts of J.S. Bach's Motets
Tad Inoue of Japan provides an English version of a research paper dealing with the source material and characteristics of the lyrics with an evaluation of these writings.
Tradition and Individual Style in the Motets of J. S. Bach
Essay examines how the composer expanded this musical genre within the context of its existing form.
The Well Tempered Clavier: Music of Sacred Temperament
Exploration of the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of the works involved. Includes MIDI audio samples.
Well-Tempered Clavier
Index summarizing fugue-by-fugue analysis drawing comparisons from visual arts, physics, mathematics, literature and astronomy. Links to scores with digital sound and many resources on the life and works of Bach, designed for a course at Northern Arizona University.
Well-Tempered Clavier: Hypermedia Analysis
Analytical essays and animations by Tim Smith, performance-related essays by David Korevaar, and Korevaar's performances of the music. [Shockwave]

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