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Composer, organist, and the most famous of an illustrious family of German musicians, Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685. He was a master of polyphonic baroque music-a musical form characterized by the use of multiple parts in harmony and by an ornate, exuberant style. Bach's father, Johann Ambrosius, taught his son to play the violin at a very early age. At age 10, after both of his parents died, Bach lived with his brother Johann Christoph, an organist, who taught him to play keyboard instruments. Bach's musical genius, however, soon surpassed his brother's skill. During his lifetime, Bach was known more for his skill as an organist than as a composer. His fame as a composer did not come until years after his death, when his works were discovered by the composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann and published in the 1800s. Between 1703 and 1717, Bach served as an organist in the German cities of Arnstadt, Muhlhausen, and Weimar. During that time, he wrote chorales, cantatas, concertos, preludes, and fugues, primarily for the organ. These works fused Italian, French, and German characteristics with a profound mastery of the contrapuntal technique. While serving as music director at the court of a German prince from 1717 to 1723, Bach wrote many compositions for the clavier and instrumental ensembles. These included preludes, fantasies, toccatas, and dance suites that served as both music instruction and entertainment. Of these works, the best known is the Well-Tempered Clavier, a series of preludes and fugues composed in 1722 and Bach's last position as cantor and music director of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig (1724--50), exerted considerable influence on Lutheran church music. During this period, he composed as many as 300 cantatas, 200 of which have been preserved. After his death at the age of 65, Bach became revered as one of the world's greatest composers, and his compositions are regarded by many as the most sublime music ever composed. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I and II, Complete
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Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier: Book I (Composer) 202 copies, 2 reviews
Christmas Oratorio [full score] (Composer) 164 copies, 2 reviews
Two and Three-Part Inventions 156 copies, 1 review
Keyboard Music 108 copies, 1 review
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 106 copies, 3 reviews
St. Matthew Passion [full score] 104 copies, 5 reviews
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 84 copies, 5 reviews
Cantatas 75 copies, 69 reviews
St. John Passion [full score] 59 copies, 1 review
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring 57 copies, 1 review
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 48 copies, 1 review
First Lessons in Bach for the Piano, Book 1 (Composer) 45 copies, 2 reviews
Eleven Great Cantatas (Composer) 40 copies, 1 review
Sechs Partiten 39 copies, 1 review
Motets 38 copies
Keyboard Works 29 copies, 29 reviews
Organ Works 26 copies, 20 reviews
Magnificat 24 copies, 4 reviews
Sheep May Safely Graze 18 copies, 1 review
Goldberg Variations 17 copies, 1 review
Air On The G String 15 copies, 1 review
Toccaten 11 copies
Bach Greatest Hits (Composer) 9 copies
Bach: Cantatas, BWV140 & 147 9 copies, 1 review
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor 8 copies, 1 review
Conciertos 8 copies, 1 review
Cantata 80 7 copies
Bach: Morimur 7 copies
Bach: Greatest Hits (Composer) 7 copies
Orgelbuchlein 7 copies
Bach for Soprano or Tenor Recorder and Guitar (Composer) 7 copies, 1 review
Bach 6 copies
Alleluja 6 copies
Ave Maria 6 copies
Organ Works 6 copies
Motetten 5 copies
Cantatas 27 5 copies
Bach Edition 4 copies
Cantatas 2 4 copies
6 Partitas 4 copies
Organ Works 4 copies
A Book of Choral Settings 4 copies, 4 reviews
Restored Obe Concerti 4 copies, 4 reviews
Cantatas 23 4 copies
Harpsichord Music 4 copies, 4 reviews
Bach: Sonatas 4 copies
Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079 4 copies, 1 review
Orchestral Music 4 copies, 4 reviews
Magnificat 4 copies
Harpsichord Concertos 4 copies, 4 reviews
Famous Organ Works 4 copies, 1 review
131 Chorals 3 copies
Fantasia [1940 film] (Composer) 394 copies, 4 reviews
Switched-On Bach (Composer) 33 copies, 1 review
A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High (some editions) 14 copies
Switched-On Bach II (Composer) 12 copies, 1 review
Black Balloon [sound recording] (Composer) 11 copies
Music To Your Ears: A Collection of Holiday Music (Artist, some editions) 9 copies
The Great Recordings (Composer) 8 copies
Bach: A Strange Beauty (Composer) 7 copies
Bagdad Cafe : soundtrack [sound recording] (Composer) 6 copies, 1 review
Schroeder's Greatest Hits (Composer) 6 copies
Les voix humaines (Contributor) 5 copies
Portraits of Christmas (Composer) 3 copies
A Window in Time, Vol. 2 3 copies, 1 review
Classic Meets Cuba (Composer) 2 copies
Jubilo 2 copies
Solo Baroque (Composer) 2 copies
Humoresque [sound recording] (Composer) 2 copies
Bach: Favorite Organ Works (Composer) 1 copy
Movies Go Baroque (Composer) 1 copy
Bach: The Swingle Singers (Composer) 1 copy
Guitar Fantasies [Audio Recording] (Composer, some editions) 1 copy
Introducing Xiayin Wang (Composer) 1 copy
Encores (Composer) 1 copy
The Beginning of the Legend (Composer) 1 copy

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