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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (German pronunciation: [joˈhan] or [ˈjoːhan seˈbastjan ˈbax]) (31 March 1685 [O.S. 21 March] – 28 July 1750) was a 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, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures ...read more

Johann Sebastian Bach (German pronunciation: [joˈhan] or [ˈjoːhan seˈbastjan ˈbax]) (31 March 1685 [O.S. 21 March] – 28 July 1750) was a 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, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English Suites, the French Suites, 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.

While Bach's abilities as an organist were recognized and highly respected throughout Europe 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. « hide

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LPs
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
1751

4.3
2 Votes
Mass in B minor (BWV 232)
1749

4.3
21 Votes
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
1747

4.2
16 Votes
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book 2
1742

4.5
15 Votes
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
1741

4.4
15 Votes
Clavier-Übung III, BWV 669-689
1739

3.4
6 Votes
Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
1735

4.6
8 Votes
The Partitas, BWV 825–830
1730

4.1
8 Votes
Matthäuspassion, BWV 244
1729

4
1 Votes
6 French Suites, BWV 812-817
1725

3
1 Votes
Johannespassion, BWV 245
1724

The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book 1
1722

4.6
21 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
1721

4.3
24 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
1721

4.4
27 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
1721

4
19 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
1721

4.2
35 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
1721

4.3
26 Votes
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
1721

3.9
28 Votes
Violin Sonatas
1720

4
2 Votes
Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
1720

4.3
5 Votes
Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, B
1717

4.3
41 Votes
6 English Suites, BWV 806-811
1715

3
1 Votes
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596
1714

3.9
8 Votes
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
1707

4.5
67 Votes
Compilations
Bach: The Art of Fugue - Musical Offering
1995

3.7
5 Votes
6 Suonate a Violino Solo e Cembalo Certato
1990

4.5
1 Votes
Sechs Suiten für Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012
1961

4.1
4 Votes

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